Two students from Congo and Sudan have been arrested here for alleged online frauds, police said on Tuesday.
The Cyber Crime Police apprehended Prince Kanyinda of Congo and Marwan Abdul Kareem of Sudan, who were hacking emails of some individuals and sending phishing mails to various IDs on their contact list requesting them to deposit money, citing some medical emergency.
According to police, 35-year-old Kanyinda and 25-year-old Kareem are students of technical networking and coding courses. Both were residing in Secunderabad.
Police on April 7 received a complaint from Chandra Sekhar that his mail ID has been hacked and it is being misused by the hackers. The accused had sent mails from his mail ID to many of his clients, asking to deposit money in the bank accounts provided by them. One of his clients had deposited Rs 50,000 in the bank account.
A police official said the two Africans who came to Hyderabad for further studies learnt hacking skills from various institutes. They formed a gang with David Davido Eiji, a Nigerian.
They cracked into few Yahoo mail accounts and after gaining access into multiple Yahoo accounts and sent phishing mails to the various mail ids. They also opened multiple bank accounts to divert the money.
In August last year, the Hyderabad Police conducted searches at the residences of several foreigners in the city, many of them being Africans.
About 50 teams comprising of officials from the police, intelligence and immigration department conducted the searches in the areas of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda.
The searches took place in Banjara Hills, Jubliee Hills, Mehdipatnam, Asif Nagar, Toli Chowki, Bundlaguda, Alwal, LB Nagar, Neredmet and other areas.
They checked visas and other documents of the foreigners, including students, to verify if they were staying legally.
The searches followed the arrests of some foreigners during the investigation in a drug racket.
Officials said they identified some foreigners staying on in the city even after the expiry of their visas. They said the process would be started to deport them.