The Nigerian spotted to be Festos alias Murphy Vazigo Agbaifa (aged 38) of Nasik who was already been arrested by the police of Mumbai and lodged in the Nasik central prison was again arrested on May 12th and brought to Chennai on Wednesday.
According to Crime Branch Dept sources, K. Ramamoorthy of Kalpakkam in the Kancheepuram district had given a complaint about the agency, which he had received spam e-mails on December 2007, alleged to have been sent from the “Yahoo Lottery Award” congratulating him for winning the online lottery worth of Rs. 4 crore. The charged persons have sent emails asking Ramamoorthy to pay a sum of Rs.14.68 lakh regarding service and transferring claims into different bank accounts.
After transferring the amount, Festos neither sent the lottery awarded money and neither refunded his money.
In the Investigation it was discovered that the bank accounts were opened in the name of different persons in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai. The Cyber Crime Cell Investigators on 4th march arrested one of the 14 accused R. Stephen (alias) Vijay Stephen in Chennai.
Mukesh Anand Chudasama another accused of Thana, Mumbai, was kept custody on May 7 regarding his scam. The other account-holders addresses were been verified in Mumbai and found to be fake. On further investigation it was revealed that Festos masterminded this crime and wielded along with his friends in Mumbai and other places and cheated innocent people.
Based on the information that he was already been arrested by the Mumbai police in associated with another online fraud crime, police arrested Festos in the Nasik prison.