EFCC ar­rests sus­pected in­ter­net fraud­ster over $267,000 scam

Daily Trust - - CRIME -

The Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) on Mon­day said it had ar­rested a sus­pected in­ter­net fraud­ster for al­legedly de­fraud­ing a New Zealand woman of 267, 000 dol­lars (about N52.59 mil­lion).

This is con­tained in a state­ment is­sued by the com­mis­sion’s spokesman, Wil­son Uwu­jaren, and made avail­able to news­men in Abuja.

It said that the sus­pect, 37-year-old grad­u­ate of Fed­eral Poly­tech­nic, Auchi, Edo, de­frauded the vic­tim by claim­ing to be Christo­pher Wil­liams from the United King­dom.

It said the com­plainant met the sus­pect in a dat­ing site on the in­ter­net and al­legedly fell in love with him.

The state­ment said that the sus­pect started col­lect­ing money from his vic­tim af­ter he claimed to be in pos­ses­sion of gem­stone worth over 18, 000 dol­lars (about N3.55 mil­lion), which he claimed was from his fa­ther.

“The sus­pect hood­winked the vic­tim into be­liev­ing that he was com­ing to New Zealand to set­tle down with her.

“The vic­tim said the money al­legedly sent to the sus­pect was re­ceived in Malaysia and Nige­ria by per­sons bear­ing dif­fer­ent names but claim­ing to be the sus­pect’s friends,’’ it said.

The state­ment said the sus­pect would be ar­raigned in court as soon as in­ves­ti­ga­tions

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