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Woman arrested for faking her own kidnapping

Woman arrested for faking her own kidnapping

A US woman has been arrested in Delhi, India, for allegedly staging her own kidnapping.

According to police, the 27-year-old faked her abduction to “blackmail” her parents into sending her more money after her funds ran out.

Having arrived in India on May 3, the woman phoned her mother on July 7 and said she was being assaulted by a man, per NDTV.

After her family made a complaint to the US Embassy, which was forwarded on to police in Delhi, they began to investigate her whereabouts.

Having traced the IP address the woman used to send an email to the American Citizen services and make a video call to her mother, police traced and arrested a 31-year-old Nigerian man, the Indian Express reported.

During his interrogation, the man said the woman was staying in an apartment in Noida, on Delhi’s outskirts.

“After her rescue, it was revealed that she had staged the incident to blackmail her parents,” Amrutha Guguloth, New Delhi’s deputy commissioner of police, told the Indian Express.

Police said she met the man through Facebook and had been staying with him since she arrived in May.

Having discovered that both the woman’s visa and the man’s passport had expired, police said they would take action against the pair for staying in India without valid documents.

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