The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested an alleged Yahoo boy over a £30,000 Love Scam.
Fidelis Iruedo, a suspected love scammer, was arrested for allegedly defrauding a United Kingdom citizen of £30,000 (Thirty Thousand Pounds) in a romance scam.
His arrest happened yesterday Wednesday, January 24, 2018.
Luck ran out on 31 year old Fidelis Iruedo after a petition to the Commission by the Nigerian High Commission, London, on behalf of one Alan Digweed, a UK citizen, alleged that the suspect had defrauded his victim of the said amount of money.
Investigations by the EFCC revealed that Fidelis Iruedo, who voluntarily confessed to the crime, met his victim between July and December 2017, via a date site, match.com.
The suspect, while parading as a lady, procured British passport using the name ‘Tracy Anderson’ with which he used to defraud the victim.
He was arrested in Abuja, during an attempt to make withdrawal in a bank.
On his arrest, items recovered from Fidelis Iruedo included: several scam letters, 3 flash drives, 1 iphone and a laptop computer.
The suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.
PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST LOVE SCAMS
No matter how good love scams sound, things aren’t what they appear to be. In reality you’re talking to a criminal sitting in a cybercafé with a well-rehearsed script he’s used many times before.
He’s hunting through chat rooms, dating sites and social networking sites searching for victims, looking to cash in on romance.
If you are over 30 and still single, recently divorced, a widow, elderly or disabled then you are all the better in his eyes. Scammers use any weakness they find to their advantage.
Instead of sending spam letters that promise millions for your assistance, these love or romance scammers are targeting single men and women who are searching for love online.
They use psychological tricks to lure their victims in, use poetry and even gifts to get them under their spell, and then once you are there, will try to reach for your wallet, all the time declaring their “undying love” for you.
The scam may take the form of asking you to cash a check for them through your bank account because they are “out of the country” and unable to cash it themselves, or they may come right out and ask you to send money to help them out of a fabricated “financial difficulty” they claim to be experiencing.
These are all lies used to try to make easy money from an unsuspecting victim.
The sad truth is, for every real profile you see on the internet, there are numerous false ones pretending to be your perfect mate and using photographs stolen from modelling or social networking sites.
Internet romance scams and other related crimes are affecting and ruining lives throughout the world.
The best weapon against this crime is education.
The more you are educated in the way the scams work, the harder it is for these scammers to make money and the more scammers that can be put out of business.
Make sure you stay woke!