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Bench directs Cyber Crime Cell in Chennai to investigate the case

MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Cyber Crime Cell in Chennai to probe into a complaint lodged by a 23-year-old Madurai girl who was allegedly cheated over the Internet.

Allowing a petition filed by her, Justice G. Rajasuria directed the Inspector General of Police, Crime Branch-CID, Cyber Crimes, Chennai, to conduct a thorough enquiry as the girl claimed to have been relieved of Rs.1,14,000 in the guise of being awarded with $9,500,000.

The petitioner, A.S. Bala of Madurai, said that she completed her Master in Computer Applications (MCA) course from Mother Teresa Women’s University at Kodaikanal in May 2007. In 2004, a person claiming to be a Nigerian national, ‘Egoama George,’ proposed a business deal to her through the Internet. She was engaged as his company’s honorary consultant and was working online for two hours a week for the past three years.

In July 2007, the person offered a compensatory share of $9,500,000 and asked her to submit proofs of identity, address and Indian citizenship and details of bank account. On August 10, 2007, a “diplomatic set” from the ‘Federal Republic of Nigeria’ was sent to her through e-mail.

The mail stated that the money had been credited to the joint account held by the petitioner and her father in a nationalised bank.

A person claiming to be a diplomat, Albert Mandela, also spoke to her over the phone and said the payment was made through “diplomatic means.” She was told that the money had reached Mumbai and she was required to deposit Rs.1,14,000 towards “customs charges.”

Petitioner’s counsel M. Patturajan said his client deposited the amount through three transactions in a private bank here as all the documents sent by the “Nigerians” appeared to be genuine. But to her surprise the “Nigerian duo” again demanded Rs.6,20,000 creating suspicion over their credibility.

Saying complaints were lodged with Inspector General of Police (South Zone) and Superintendent of Police here on August 21, the petitioner sought a direction to the Cyber Crime Cell to investigate the matter.

When contacted Madurai SP T.S. Anbu said a team formed to investigate the case had secured specific clues about the suspect. “It appears that the Nigeria connection is false and concocted.”

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