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African held in internet fraud case

Date: July 10, 2008

Charles Brown had been duping people through the internet by claiming that he had a huge inheritance and needed money to access it

Bangalore: An African national was arrested here on charges of duping a city-based dentist of Rs six lakh in an internet fraud case.

According to police, the accused Charles Brown, had sent an e-mail to the dentist stating that he had earned a huge inheritance but could not access it since he was staying in a refugee camp following a crisis.

He, however, offered to share the inheritance with the complainant if he sent him Rs six lakh to help him in clearing some documents and to help him make certain legal payments.

He promised to transfer his inheritance to the complainant and later come down to India to meet his new found friend, if he helped him in his “hour of crisis.”

The complainant believing Brown's promise transferred the amount to Charles electronically last year. He, however, realised subsequently that he had been duped. But, luck favoured him when he received a similar e-mail from Brown asking for Rs 13 lakh on similar grounds.

Keen to have the fraudster nabbed, he sent him an e-mail stating that he could not electronically transfer the said amount due to technical reasons, but would personally hand over the money if he comes to India and collect it.

Brown fell for the trap and arrived at the new Bangalore International Airport yesterday where he was trapped following a tip off by the dentist to the police.

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