The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has recovered and returned the sum of 10,000 Euros (Ten Thousand Euros) about Two Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira), to F. Mercade, a French citizen, who was victim of internet love scam.
The fund was wired to the victim through his account in France on the recommendation of the French Embassy in Nigeria.
French Police Liaison Officer, Roger Balima, who confirmed the receipt of the funds by the victim, thanked the anti-graft agency “for the good job”.
According to a statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, Mercade was duped by two internet fraudsters, Omodara Adedapo Oluseye and Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo after he was deceived into a phantom relationship that was supposedly altar-bound.
The scam was reported to the Commission via a petition from the French Consulate in Lagos, on behalf of Mercade.
The statement reads in part: “The petitioner alleged that he met a Nigerian beauty by name, ‘Kate Williams’ on the internet sometime in 2009 and they developed a relationship which was to culminate in marriage.
“Williams was to relocate to join Mercade in France, to consummate the relationship. While Mercade planned the logistics of the relocation, ‘Williams’ who purportedly did some jobs for an unnamed company in Nigeria, came up with a story that the company refused to pay ‘her’ for job done. ‘She’ sought the assistance of Mercade and the ‘couple’ contacted a lawyer named ‘James Robert’, to procure traveling documents and also help her claim money from the company owing her”.
The statement noted that Mercade parted with the sum of 25,000.00 Euros, through Western Union, in processing his ‘bride’s’ passage with no bride in sight. Eventually, it dawned on him that he had been scammed.
The EFCC said upon investigations into the matter, it discovered that ‘Kate Williams’ is the pseudonym of Omodara Adedapo Oluseye, a male student of the College of Agriculture, Akure, who, however, resides in Ibadan Oyo state.
Omodara’s accomplice, Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo, assisted in collecting the money transferred by the victim from the Akure, Ondo State branch of a new generation bank, using forged drivers’ license.
“The duo were prosecuted on a two count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences before a Federal High Court Lagos, convicted and sentenced on 13th June 2011, to one year imprisonment each without an option of fine”, the statement concluded.