A noted fashion designer has allegedly been duped by a Nigerian national, posing as London couture week organiser, with the promise of allowing her entry in the purported international fashion extravaganza.
CBI sources said suspect John Morrison was arrested in a separate case of allegedly duping another woman and it was during this probe that the agency received another complaint against him from a noted fashion designer based here.
The sources said the fashion designer wants her identity to be kept under wraps because of security concerns.
They said Morrison allegedly met her through Facebook posing as citizen of the United Kingdom and the organiser of London Couture week and promised to promoter her creations at international level.
The sources said the two started friendship over the social networking site during which Morrison gained confidence of the designer and even told her that he would be visiting here soon.
They said one day the designer claimed to have received a call from a girl claiming to be Customs officer. The girl from Northeast, believed to be close associate of Morrison, told the designer that Morrison has been taken into custody.
She allegedly told the designer that she should deposit Rs 4.10 lakh in three different accounts if she wanted release of Morrison, they said, adding that transfers were made.
CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said a case under section 419 (impersonation), 420 (cheating) and 66-D of Information Technology Act has been registered against the main suspect and associate (presently under Judicial custody in Tihar prison).