There was a harvest of arrests in Nigeria on Wednesday. Operatives of the Nigerian Economic And Financial Crimes Commission from Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office arrested seventeen suspected internet fraudsters at their hotel hideout in Warri, Delta State. They were arrested in a sting operation, the Nigerian anti-corruption agency said in a statement to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA.
The suspected internet fraudsters were targeting women on dating sites. Often, the victims are love or sex starved white women whose desperate search for love or sex leads them to believe and trust people they have never met in person and send them money. With relationship in a mess in the United States and divorce cases as widespread as breathing, these women often try to find stability thousands of miles away only to fall for young men with laptops and smart phones who have been battered by poverty and are looking for any means to escape it. The objectives of the scammers and those being scammed are often millions of miles apart, one group looking for love or sex, the other looking for food, money and more.
The suspects are Jolomi Jemide; Suo Ajorbuku; Wilson Chukwuma; Faith Umukoro; Felix Fimber; Isaac Boro; Emmanuel Etanoma; Aghogho Ovuakporaye; Tokoma Mbabov; Tom Wisdom; Elvis Imannivwie; Chinedu Chukwu; Okojikoko Presley; Nyore Arkoro; Godwin Etanoma; Morris Victor and Elvis Okorare.
“Their arrest followed series of intelligence report linking them with alleged fraudulent activities ranging from love scam on numerous dating sites, obtaining money by false pretences and other fraud still being investigated,” said EFCC spokesman Tony Orilade.
Several items were recovered from them at the point of arrest. Some of them are three exocitc cars, Lexus ES300, Mercedes Benz C300 and Toyota Camry. Mobile phones of various brands were also recovered from them.
The suspects will soon be charged to court.