According to the officials of cyber wing of Cyberabad police, the victim who uploaded her profile on Shaadi.com, a matrimonial website in October got a response from a prospective groom Smith Walter, who introduced himself as a wealthy foreigner. The two exchanged emails and messages before deciding to tie the knot.
Officials said that the accused informed her that he has sent her jewellery, a cellphone, travellers cheque, clothes and other things. And on November 2, she received a call from Kanika Sharma, who introduced herself as a customs official at the Chatrapathi Shivaji Airport in Mumbai and informed that the package sent by Walter was overweighing and would be released only after paying a sum of Rs 42,500. The victim, however, ended up paying Rs 9.59 lakh on the pretext of various fees.
During the investigation, the transferred money from the victim’s account was withdrawn in Hyderabad and was further deposited in various other accounts. After a rigorous search for the beneficiary account holders, Mohammed Shamshad, who goes by many names, was apprehended at Humayun Nagar, along with six of his roommates- Imran Ali, Mohammed Nizam, Mohammed Khaleel, Mohammed Imteyaz, Mohammed Jami and Mohammed Vakil.
On thorough interrogation, they confessed to have opened bank accounts in Mumbai and Hyderabad, on the instructions of one Mohammed Riayajuddin. The seven accused who received the money in their accounts further sent the same amount to two hawala agents from Secunderabad who later sent the money to Pavan Kumar and Chetan Mavji Mamania, both based in Mumbai. These two were nabbed in Mumbai along with Kelechi John Emenike alias Sunday a Nigerian national.
John used to hand over the ill-gotten money to Walter, who is a resident of New Delhi and is absconding.