Tanzanian woman arrested in India for extortion

28Apr 2018
The Guardian
Tanzanian woman arrested in India for extortion

CYBER security police officers in the Indian city of Indore have arrested a Tanzanian woman and her accomplice for allegedly extorting 4 lakh rupees (about 14 million Tanzanian shillings) from a businessman by threatening to publicly release his lurid video that she had taken by making him consume a

A 45-year-old office furniture businessman from  Indore had filed a complaint with the Indian police claiming that he had been duped of 4 lakh rupees by the Tanzanian woman who had extorted money from him by threatening him.

The suspect, Shyamshu Shabani (38), who is a resident of Arusha in Tanzania, had come in contact with the complainant on Facebook messenger in December last year. She sent him a request from a fake account by name Glory Shabani.

The victim divulged details about his business and shared his WhatsApp number, while informing the Tanzanian woman about his frequent visits to New Delhi for work. On one such visits, on January 18, the woman invited him to her flat in Mehrauli area.

He was offered a drink and he fell unconscious for two hours. He left when he woke up.

After a while, the woman asked for financial help of 6,000 rupees as she wanted to go back Tanzania. The complainant transferred the amount to an account of an online financial services company. He extended further assistance of up to 3,000 rupees.

“After a few days, the woman demanded 1 lakh rupees from him and when he refused to give the money, she told him about the video. She said that when he had fallen unconscious at her flat in Delhi, she made an obscene video of him. She also threatened to upload it on social media if he did not give her money,” said cyber cell police officer Jitendra Singh.

The Tanzanian woman allegedly used various means to extort money from the Indian man and when she was not able to do so she told him that she was pregnant and needed money for treatment. 

“The complainant paid 20,000 rupees to her. After a few days he received a call from a woman who claimed to be a sister of the accused and told him that she would require 80,000 rupees for the treatment of the woman,” SP Singh added.

The gang members made the complainant speak to a man who posed as a doctor. They then told the man that the woman had died and they wanted to take her body to Tanzania and needed money for it.

“After he had lost 4 lakh rupees, the complainant approached us and provided the two bank account numbers and details of the account with online financial banking services company, in which he had transferred money,” said Singh adding that based on the information, the Tanzanian woman was traced and arrested.

Another suspect identified as Sumit Kumar (23), a resident of Ambedkar Nagar in Rajpur of Delhi was also arrested on suspicion of working with the Tanzanian woman in the extortion.

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