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Nigerian cheats student of Rs 14.3 lakh after promising job

A 32-year-old Nigerian was arrested by R T Nagar police on charges of conning a job aspirant, who is the son a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP).

Published: 12th April 2017 04:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th April 2017 04:00 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: A 32-year-old Nigerian was arrested by R T Nagar police on charges of conning a job aspirant, who is the son a retired Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP). He had cheated the student of `14.3 lakh after promising him a job in Scotland.

Steve Owen

The arrested has been identified as Steve Owen alias Hussain, a resident of Banaswadi, who had come to the city on a business visa four years ago.

Police said the complainant, an MBA graduate, had applied for a job on an employment website in July 2016. Claiming to be the HR executive of a company based in Scotland, Owen conducted an online interview with the job aspirant. A few days later, Owen sent him a fake appointment letter to his email ID along with a pay package of `1.44 crore per year.

Owen then contacted the complainant and claimed that he needed to complete procedures for his visa and permits. He said that the expenses for the paperwork will be reimbursed once he joins the company. The student deposited `14.3 lakh in Owen’s bank account. After a few days, when the job aspirant couldn’t contact Owen, he realised he had been conned.

He then approached RT Nagar police and filed a case. Based on the bank account details, police traced Owen to Banaswadi. During interrogation, Owen told police that he was involved in a similar crime earlier. But when police seized his bank account, they found only `70. Police are investigating if others were involved in the scam.


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