A Nigerian national was arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) for cheating money from businessman by giving them calls and sending SMS’s by using his foreign connections.
The suspect also possessed forged documentation claiming to be a permanent representative of the United Nations. He was arrested when he had attempted to cheat 600,000 pounds from a businessman in Ratmalana.
The Nigerian had sent an SMS to the businessman introducing him as a representative of a multinational beverage company in the United Kingdom and had informed him that he had won a lottery of £600,000.
Following the SMS, the suspect had given the businessman a call informing him of his jackpot and asked for his account number saying the money can be deposited there.
However the businessman who rejected the idea had come to the airport after he was informed by the foreign fraudster that he is at the Bandaranaike International Airport and before handing over the money he had asked the businessman to pay £250 pounds as customs fees.
The businessman had rejected his idea and had left the airport. The Nigerain national had informed him that he will send his representative to a hotel in Mount Lavinia to hand over the money.
He lodged a complaint with the Mount Lavinia police due to suspicion which arose due to the series of incidents he had to go through after the suspect informed him about the lottery win in the UK.
The Mount Lavinia Crime Branch together with the CID arrested the suspect while he was hiding inside a house in Colombo. He did not have visa to stay in Sri Lanka, the police said. (Supun Dias)