Central Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested three Nigerian nationals who used stolen credit card details of non-resident Indians to purchase online electronics and other items worth over Rs.25 lakh.

Sources with the CCB said Obasoto Oladapo alias Richard (29), Abiodun Oyekunle alias Jerry (30) and Dickson (26) were residents of Nisha Avenue, Sembakkam, since they came to Chennai in 2010 on a student visa.

Two months ago, a police complaint was lodged by Satish Kumar, Manager, Fraud Control Unit, Axis Bank, Chennai, stating that the credit cards of some NRI customers were being fraudulently used to make online purchases resulting in heavy loss for the bank. A CCB team zeroed in on a well known online shopping website in which the fraudsters used the data of some of the NRI customers, CCB sources added.

“We found out that the purchased items including electronics and shoes had reached a courier company in Medavakkam. As the delivery address was incomplete, the staff used to call the receiver on the phone number furnished on the consignment. The person had in turn personally received the consignments from the company,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (CCB), M. Sudhakar. Similarly, on Monday, a parcel arrived at the courier company and one of the accused collected it. Police team followed him to his house in Sembakkam where they arrested him and two of his accomplices, Mr. Sudhakar added.

Electronic items including LED TVs, laptops, mobile phones and cameras and a car were seized from the trio. CCB officials are probing the involvement of the accused persons in online lottery scams and ticketing frauds reported in the city.

They used stolen details of cards of NRIs to purchase goods worth over Rs. 25 lakh