The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a suspected internet fraudster, Ikechukwu (surname name withheld), for obtaining $100,000 from a Dane, Hengamesh Misepasi, in a love scam.
A statement signed by the Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, on Sunday, said that the suspected fraudster was arrested by operatives of the commission at Port Harcourt, Rivers State, in response to a petition from the Nigerian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
According to the statement, the suspect, who met the Dane online, had conned his unsuspecting victim by posing as an American business executive on a business trip to Nigeria.
The arrested fraudster was said to have proposed marriage to the lady after which he started making monetary demands to her.
Uwujaren said that the fraudster, who told his victim that he was having issues with government officials, requested for a loan from her.
Ikechukwu was also said to have convinced her to partner with him in a non-existent timber business.
Uwujaren said, “The suspect allegedly met the victim online in February 2013 and falsely represented himself as an American business executive on business visit to Nigeria.
“In the course of the internet affair, Ikechukwu promised his victim marriage and later began to make monetary demands on her, using various excuses.
“Once, he told her that he had problems with government officials and requested for a loan. He later cajoled her into partnering with him on a phantom timber business”.
The EFCC said that Ikechukwu made a demand for $100,000 from the Dane ostensibly to enable him to travel to Denmark to meet her but was arrested while trying to withdraw money he received from the victim through Western Union.
The statement said that the suspect would be arraigned in court once investigation into the matter is concluded.