Alleged M-PAiSA scammer escapes police custody

Alleged M-PAiSA scammer escapes police custody

By Rashika Kumar
Monday 09/10/2023
36-year-old Sanjeet Narayan [Image: Fiji Police Force]

A suspect who was being questioned in relation to the M-PAiSA scam where more than $8,900 was defrauded from a supermarket has escaped from police custody.

Assistant Commissioner of Police - Operations Livai Driu says 36-year-old Sanjeet Narayan was taken to the hospital after 1am today after he fell ill, and while getting his treatment, he escaped.

He says a team has been formed and is searching for him.

Police say Narayan is a mechanic from Viseisei in Vuda.

The suspect is wearing a black t-shirt with ‘Fijian Drua’ written on it and three-quarter pants.

He has a brown complexion and tattoos on both hands.

Police had earlier said the manager of a supermarket based in Nabua lodged a report at the Nabua Police Station claiming that they were scammed by a caller who identified himself to be a Senior Manager of Vodafone.

The suspect told the Manager that he was calling to upgrade the E-ticketing machine and needed the balance left in the machine to be transferred in order to facilitate the upgrade.

Police say more than $8,900 was transferred, and once the transaction was complete, the suspect said he would call after 15 minutes, which never eventuated.

They say investigators managed to track down the number and arrested the suspect who was taken into custody.

Another couple residing in Makoi were also taken into custody for their alleged involvement in the same scam and were being questioned at the Nabua Police Station.

Police say during the course of the investigation and based on the alleged modus operandi, there is a likelihood that the suspect is linked to similar reports lodged at the Valelevu, Nausori, Tavua, Ba, Lautoka, Nadi Border and Namaka Police Stations.

Stay with us for developments.

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