2019 NEWS ON NIGERIAN SCAM

News items on Nigerian scam collected by
The 419 Coalition

23 JAN 2019
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

Internet Fraudster Bags 16 Months Jail Term

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office,
on January 22, 2019, secured the conviction of Temitope Alani Teslim,
for Internet fraud.

Justice Sherifat Solebo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos
convicted him for the offence bordering on possession of fraudulent documents.

He was arrested by officers of the Nigeria Army Corps of Military Police on
May 16, 2018 around Ogba, Lagos and was subsequently handed over to the EFCC.

During investigation, he wrote three statements, in which he confessed that
he was into dating scam.

He was re-arraigned today on an amended 22-count charge bordering on possession
of fraudulent documents.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Temitope Alani Teslim (aka Hannah Ciar),
on or about the 25th of June 2018 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial division,
had in your possession a document titled 'My Discussion With Stevieboy66',
wherein you represented yourself as a white female, Hannah Ciar, to one
Stevieboy66, thereby containing pretence which you knew to be false."

Count two reads: "That you, Temitope Alani Teslim (aka Hannah Ciar), on or
about the 25th of June 2018 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial division,
had in your possession a document titled 'Happy Hump Day' containing pretence
which you knew to be false."

He pleaded "guilty" to the charges.

The prosecuting counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, told the court that the defendant
had entered a plea bargain with the EFCC.

After hearing the terms of agreement reached by the prosecution and defence,
the trial judge convicted him accordingly, and sentenced him to one year and
four months in prison.

Judge Solebo also ordered the forfeiture of an iPhone 7, a silver Acer Chrome
and battery power pack, which he used "as the instrumentality of fraud" to
the Federal Government.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3660-internet-fraudster-bags-16-months-jail-term
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22 JAN 2019
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

EFCC Docks Internet Fraudster

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office,
on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, arraigned a suspected Internet fraudster,
Balogun Sultan, before Justice Oloruntoyin Solebo of the Special Offences
Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos on a four-count charge bordering on possession
of fraudulent documents.

The defendant was said to present himself as Erika Stiller, a female,
to unsuspecting victims on the Internet.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Balogun Sultan (a.k.a Erika Stiller),
on or about the 29th November, 2017 at Lagos, within the Ikeja Judicial Division,
with intent to defraud, had in your possession documents containing false pretence
titled "Picture from Erika" from Erika Stiller by sending pictures to mark65243@yahoo.com
and printed from your e-mail box, erikastiller231@gmail.com, erikastiller231@gmail.com".

Another count reads: "That you, Balogun Sultan (a.k.a Erika Stiller), on or about
the 13th April, 2018 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division, with intent to
defraud, had in your possession documents containing false pretence titled "Grant
FMT" Re Money" from Erika Stiller by sending a letter printed from your e-mail box,
erikastiller231@gmail.com".

He, however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, C.R. Edozie, asked the court
for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendant in prison custody
pending the determination of the case before the court.

Counsel to the defendant, Babatunde Adeyemi, prayed the court to admit his client to bail.

In his response, the prosecution counsel told the court that though he had been served
with the bail application, he would need time to go through it.

Consequently, Justice Solebo adjourned the matter to February 5, 2019 for hearing
of the bail application and also remanded the defendant in Kirikiri prison custody.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3657-efcc-docks-internet-fraudster
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21 JAN 2019
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

EFCC Arraigns Man for Love Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal
Office on January 21, 2019 arraigned one Ajibade Wasiu Oladotun
before Justice M.A. Onyetenu of the Federal High Court sitting
in Osogbo, Osun State on a three-count charge bordering on
obtaining money by false pretence and possession of false document.

One of the counts reads: "That you, Ajibade Wasiu Oladotun sometimes
in the month of March 2017, at Ile-Ife in Osun State, within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did
obtain by false pretence the sum of $2,300 (Two Thousand Three Hundred
Dollars) from one Chris Odom who resides in the United States of America,
under the pretence that you are a woman named Lola Parker, ready to
marry him and that the money was to be part of the air ticket from
KLM flight from Lagos, Nigeria to Seattle in the United States of America,
which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary
to Section 1 (1) & (2) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the
Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006".

Oladotun pleaded "not guilty" to the charges.

Prosecuting counsel, Adeola Elumaro, thereafter, applied for a trial
date and for the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.

However, counsel for the defendant, Babafemi Iyiola, moved his bail
application.

Justice Onyetenu granted the defendant bail in the sum of N20 million
and two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a civil servant not
below grade level 14.

The case has been adjourned to February 26, 2019 for trial, and the
defendant remanded in prison custody pending when he meets the bail
conditiojns.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3654-efcc-arraigns-man-for-love-scam
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18 JAN 2019
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

EFCC Arrests Six Suspected Internet Fraudsters

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, have
arrested six suspected Internet fraudsters in separate raids carried
out at various times across a number of locations in Abuja, the Federal
Capital Territory.

The suspects: Chemezie Valentine Ezeife, Onwochei Chibuzor John, Onwochei
Joel, Marvin Nwankwo, Prince Ojenike, and Jude Olatekobowale, were arrested
following a tip-off.

Ezeife was arrested on January 16, 2019 at the Life Camp residential area
in Abuja, following intelligence reports of shady activities traced to him.
Among items recovered from him were a Mercedes Benz C300, Toyota Camry and
Lexus Jeep, Seagate hard drive, four laptop computers, an ECOWAS international
passport, various wrist watches, two iPhones and blackberry phones, and a
Samsung phone. Several suspicious emails were also traced to his account.

Investigation into the activities of another syndicate traced to the Nova
Estate in Apo, led to the arrest of Joel and John (both brothers). John the
younger of the brothers confessed that he got involved in Internet fraud as
a student of the Delta State University.

He successfully defrauded one Miss Lynese from Zambia, using Facebook,
in the guise that he was one Carlos Gomes, a British citizen. Among items
found in his possession were an iPhone 6 and iPhone 7, and he confessed
to having a landed property in Benin, Edo State, all of which he acquired
for N1 million he made from Internet fraud. Two laptop computers, a white
Range Rover Sport, white Mercedes Benz E350, and a grey Toyota Camry.

His brother Joel confessed that he got into yahoo yahoo through his brother,
and asked him to teach him how to go about love scam.

"Thereafter, I tried to create an email account, but I was unsuccessful", he
said, adding that his younger brother bought him a wrist watch worth N6, 000,
which he is willing to forfeit to the government, "if given the opportunity".

The residence of a seventh suspect, Owootomo Tomilola Sunday, 22, was also
raided at the Gwarimpa axis following tip-off of his shady activities, and
is suspected to be into "Yahoo Plus", also called "Wire Wire". He is involved
with hackers who compromise e-mail of multinationals and other prominent companies.

Among items recovered from Owootomo who is currently at large, are two Bugatti
cars, a Mercedes Benz GLK, Mercedes Benz car, Porshe, $49,000 and duplex worth
N300 million.

They will be charged to Court as soon as investigations are concluded.


Here is the URL of the press release, which includes several photos,for
as long as itis good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3645-efcc-arrests-six-suspected-internet-fraudsters
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18 JAN 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

EFCC Arraigns Man for Fraud

he Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Ibadan Zonal Office on January
17, 2019 arraigned one Afolabi Ridwan before Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal
High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on a six-count charge bordering on money
laundering and possession of documents containing false pretence.

One of the counts reads: "That you Afolabi Ridwan, (Joseph Ahmedu and others at
large) in 2018 within jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, conspired to directly
take possession from persons unknown residing outside Nigeria of monies, which to
your knowledge were proceeds of unlawful acts and thereby committed an offence
contrary to Section 18(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as
amended by the Money Laundering (Prohibition) (Amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable
under Section 15 (2)(d) and (3) of the 2012 Act".

He pleaded "not guilty" to all the charges preferred against him.

Prosecuting counsel, Harrison Ibekwute, thereafter, applied for a trial date and
urged the court to remand the defendant in prison custody.

However, counsel for the defendant, Austin Fajugbagbe, informed the court that he
had an application for the bail of his client.

While adjourning to Mach 11, 2019 for "commencement of trial", Justice Ajoku fixed
January 25, 2019 for hearing of the bail application and ordered that the defendant
be remanded at Agodi Prison.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo, for
as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3644-efcc-arraigns-man-for-fraud-4
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17 JAN 2019
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

Love Scam: Fraudster Bags 12 Months Jail Term

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Benin Zonal Office on
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 secured the conviction of one Onovo Osita Malachy
at the Federal High Court sitting in Benin City, Edo State.

The convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining by false
pretence. He was said to have fraudulently obtained the sum of $140,000 (One
Hundred and Forty Thousand Dollars) from a foreigner through a love scam.

Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded "guilty" to the charge.

The charge reads: "That you Onovo Osita Malachy on or about 4th day of July
2017 in Benin Edo State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did
by means of fraudulent trick to wit: love scam on a dating site obtained the
sum of $140,000 only from Helen Wang and thereby committed an offence punishable
under Section 421 of the Criminal Code Act CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of
Nigeria,2004."

Based on his plea, the prosecuting counsel, Larry Aso Peters, prayed the court
to convict and sentence the defendant accordingly.

The defence counsel, I. U. Uchechukwu pleaded with the court to temper justice
with mercy as the defendant "has become remorseful".

Justice A. A. Demi-Ajayi sentenced the defendant to 12 months imprisonment. The
convict is also to forfeit all assets traced to him including an uncompleted building
and a Toyota Camry 2007 model to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a picture,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3634-love-scam-fraudster-bags-12-months-jail-term
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16 JAN 2019
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

EFCC Arraigns Two for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Enugu Zonal Office on January
15, 2019 arraigned two suspected fraudsters, Nnamdi Madu, 24, and Darlington Ifeakachi
Nwali, 24, before Justice A.M. Liman of the Federal High Court, Enugu on a 10-count
charge bordering on "intent to defraud and possession of fraudulent documents
containing false pretences" contrary to Section 6 of the Advance Fee Fraud and
Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the
same Act.

They were arrested on December 14, 2018 during a raid on the hideout of several members
of a syndicate of fraudsters operating within Enugu metropolis mostly made up of University
students and dropouts, who were observed to be living flamboyantly, above their means
of livelihood.

Analysis carried out by the Commission on the computers of the suspected fraudsters
revealed a number of incriminating documents intended to be used in swindling unsuspecting
foreigners. Some documents in the recovered computers of the suspects were titled "SPANISH
HASTING WARD CAREY & CHAMBERS," "CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION OF A PRIVATE COMPANY" "AILEEN"
intended to be sent out using fake or stolen identities.

Some other items recovered from them include, various ATM cards, a Toyota Venza with a
National Association of Nigerian Student (NANS) number plate, Toyota Avalon, four laptops,
several mobile phones, substances suspected to be charms, and wraps of Indian hemp among
others. One of the defendants who trained as a science lab technician and who recently
got a job at one of the teaching hospitals in Enugu was found to be the owner of a filling
atation in an outskirt of Enugu.

They pleaded "not guilty" to charges when they were read to them.

Defence counsel, Ndubuisi Nwaokporo, thereafter, moved motion for their bail, which was
not opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Innocent Mbachie.

Justice Liman, thereafter, granted bail in the sum of N500, 000 each, and one surety
in like sum, who must have landed properties within the jurisdiction of the Court.

While adjourning to January 21, 2019 for "commencement of trial", Justice Liman,
ordered that they should be remanded in prison custody pending when they meet the
terms of their bail.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photograph,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3629-efcc-arraigns-two-for-internet-fraud-2
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14 JAN 2019
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission:

EFCC Arrests Three Internet Fraudster

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt
Zonal Office, have arrested three suspected internet fraudsters in a sting operation.

The suspects: Adugwe Rex Odinaka(aka Alhaji Ugly Rex), Igwe Prince Chukwuebuka
(aka Trad Marley) and Ifeanyi Nicholas Chukwulenwa, were arrested in Omoku, Rivers State.

Preliminary investigations showed that Chukwuebuka and Chukwulenwa were into romance
and dating scams and had successfully defrauded three Americans in the process.

Odinaka, on his part, engaged in "laundering of fraudulently obtained gift cards",
specifically iTunes and Amazon cards.

The suspects are operating in a syndicate. Other members of the syndicate are being
tracked and funds fraudulently realized from the scam are also being tracked. The
suspects would soon be charged to court.

Here is teh UUL of the press release, which includes a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3620-efcc-arrests-three-internet-fraudster

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