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Investigator unmasks Nigerian romance scammer – BBC

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Investigators have unmasked a Nigerian romance scammer, Daniel Joseph Okechkwu, who poses as a US soldier online.

Investigator unmasks Nigerian romance scammer - BBC lailasnews


Laura Lyons, a private investigator who specialises in tracking down online romance fraudsters, otherwise known as “catfish” unmasked the Nigerian fraudster.

According to BBC, she posed as Kathryn Hunter – a wealthy divorcee looking for love in a bid to unmask the fraudster. According to her;

“It’s not long before the catfish begin to bite. Four men approach me online and they all claim to be US soldiers.

One of the soldiers, who calls himself Paul Richard, comes on strong. The number he rings from has a Nigerian dialling code. After a brief silence, a man with a thick African accent comes on the line.

He doesn’t sound like the American soldier whose picture he is using. But Paul explains away his accent by saying he has a cold. An online reverse image search leads me to the Instagram page of the real owner of the pictures the catfish was using.

For the next few weeks, my producer continues to speak to Richard on the phone as I listen in. Then our catfish makes a mistake. Richard accidentally leaves a name tag – Dan Coolman – on one of his WhatsApp pictures.

We search through all the Dan Coolmans in Nigeria and we find one who runs a barbershop in Ibadan. He’s using the same number that our catfish has been calling us from.

Coolman is another false name, but we discover the phone is registered to Daniel Joseph Okechkwu. We have finally uncovered the real identity of our catfish. We head for Ibadan, but by the time we get there he’s gone.

The doors to the barber shop are locked and locals say it’s been closed for weeks. We decide to call him and tell him who we really are. He confesses and claims it’s the first romance scam he’s ever pulled and that he has been forced to do it because of the closure of his barber shop.

He sounds sincere and he apologises for the way he has treated us. He says he wants to stop being a romance fraudster. But he needs us to give him money, so that he can afford to stop tricking other people out of their cash. It’s a classic catfish twist. They never give up on the scam even when they have been rumbled.“

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70 Comments

  1. Why is it that any time a thief or fraud star is caught he claims to be a first timer in rhe game? Wwll 99days for the thief but one day for the owner

  2. I hope the catfish will be fried so that he Wii not scam another innocent person. Why not work hard like others are doing to earn a living. You must not be a fraudster to survive.

  3. The guy is funny oo, he still have the gut to ask them for money, I think he should be thought some lessons

  4. This thing is just evidence of hardship in Nigeria,don’t blame the young man…he was simply trying to get money to overcome hunger

  5. This guy is so confident sha even after he’s been caught he still asks for money again hmmmmm what lack can make someone do sometimes its just off the limit

  6. our guys don’t disgrace yourself before all this white lady’s because if you were caught, it’s a jail.

  7. If our government is good like that of other countries our young men will not be indulging in such dirty things. Nigeria is so rich that it can take good care of her citizens but our selfish and greedy leaders are packing everything all to themselves and their families

  8. This kind of story not just good for only him before really bad for the whole country at large . I hope he gets the punishment he deserves

  9. OMG….. He should thank his stars o if not by now he should be in the cell,it wouldn’t have gone down this way.

  10. Nigeria and illegal business..we all like to make money the easy way and fast forgeting that nothing good comes easily

  11. Nigeria is so rich that it can take good care of her citizens but our selfish and greedy leaders are packing everything all to themselves and their families

  12. whether it is your first attempt or last the fact remain that you are a fraudster and should be prosecuted

  13. Nice work Kathryn. While I hope you fish out these heart and bank breakers, I pray our men quit being a disgrace to us.

  14. That is good to know I never knew we have such body that investigate internet love scam,well done and Daniel should be deal with to be a lesson to others scammers

  15. This is funny. But those who fall for love scams ought to be smarter than they are. When the person demands money, you should know that it is a scam

  16. Youths of nowadays dont want to work hard,they want quick money by fraud.Daniel wil also serve as a scape goat to all those fraudsters.

  17. What i can’t explain is how nigerian youths would go about wanting to make quick money and also be tainting our country’s image at the same time.

  18. Some people calling themselves who they are not, just with the aim to scam people of their hard earned money, this is really bad

  19. This is a criminal activity and deserve the law to come after him. Apology is not enough he should be disciplined

  20. Of course, to live in Rome, you have to behave like a Roman dude and be a Romeo. That means they’re both scammers

  21. This is a good one. The tactic used to catch this Nigerian romance fraudster is rare, only a professional can make it work. Kudos catfish

  22. Was laughing as i read towards the end of the story “a classified catfish” no retreat no surrender huh……. scammers

  23. Too bad..you are bursted…time up…some people think they are very smart.thinking they will commit without leaving a trace…time up man…

  24. That is how they always dupe people their money claiming what they are not. They will surely caught them one day.

  25. Nigerians!!! When are they going to stop to embarrass us. Anyway there’s no job,the youths do what their hands can find.

  26. Scamming is not the best way for one to make money.
    There are so many things one can do and make cool money if only you will be patient and divot your time then pray to God, I don’t see any reason why he will not bless you.

    My dear people of God leave scamming and it will be well with you.

  27. This are people that are tarnishing image of this country, I’m happy they where able to trace him to Ibadan,he will pay for his crime

  28. See how the go about destroying this country Nigeria, i which our leaders are taking a good care of this country, this kind of things shouldn’t be happening

  29. It won’t be good if this kind of thing continue happening in this country Nigeria, the government should do what is right in protecting this country.

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