Nigerians are undoubtedly one of the most hardworking people in the continent of Africa and despite the hardship, they have never relented in striving hard to make it in life. The quest for wealth has made a lot of our brothers and sisters to travel to several countries of the world in search for greener pastures, and the truth is that a lot of them found their bearing and started making it big in life in a legit way. While some were hustling abroad doing legit jobs, others got themselves involved in illegal deeds which got them arrested in a strange man's land.
Some Nigerians have been arrested for participating in online dating scam to defraud white women and in this article, we are going to see some of them.
File Photo: Chinwedu And Basil | Credit: Linda Ikeji Blog
These two Nigerians left Nigeria for US but later participated in online dating scam to defraud white women. The two Nigerians impersonated the singer, Bruno Mars to defraud a 68-year old white lady the sum of $100,000. The American lady thought she was dating Bruno Mars and according to her, she actually fell in love with the 11-time Grammy Award winner. She believed he was the one when the scammers sent her a message showing Bruno Mars performing on stage.
How Was The Woman Scammed?
The two Nigerians who impersonated Bruno Mars told her to send $10,000 to help him cover his touring expenses and without hesitation, she sent the money to them hoping she had fallen in love with the right person. After some time, they asked for another $90,000 which she sent to them and by the time they stopped chatting with her, it dawned on her that she had been scammed.
How Were They Arrested?
She quickly reported to the police who ran their names through the database of drivers' license holders and found their pictures. Chinwedu and Basil risk 2 to 10 years in prison if convicted.
2. Oladayo Opeyemi Awolola (Left) And Gbolahan Ayobami Awolola (Right)
File Photo: Oladayo And Gbolahan | Credit: Punch Newspaper
These two Nigerians were arrested in Singapore after participating in online dating scam; they were aiding and abetting others to receive money and stolen property from white women. Oladayo and Gbolahan recruited two Singaporean women who assisted them in scamming people online and whenever any of the victim agrees to send money, the Singaporean women are the ones receiving it before sending it to them.
3. Osakpamwan Henry Omoruyi (Left) And Osaretin Godspower Omoruyi (Right)
File Photo: Osakpamwan And Osaretin | Credit: Nigeriabroad.com
Osakpamwan and Osaretin both resided in Canton, US and they were arrested for participating in an online dating scam and also setting up a pandemic assistance fund scheme. They used fake identities to collect money from white women in several online dating sites, and also used fake passports to open bank accounts and directed their victims to pay money into the accounts with the promise that they will receive 'pandemic assistance fund'.
Sources: Linda Ikeji Blog, Punch Newspaper, Nigeriabroad.com
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