Nigerians arrested in Thailand over romance scam

Some Nigerian men have been arrested in Thailand for preying on gullible women to get their cash with the promise of engaging them in romance dating.

Speaking while briefing reporters at the Police station in the Khao San area of Bangkok in Thailand, deputy tourist police bureau commissioner, Surachet Hakpal also known Big Joke in the Thai media, said the Nigerian nationals, who are “Romance Scammers” plytheir trades on Facebook and other social media platforms and they have been arrested.

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The Nigerian men are identified as: Emeka Celestine Eze, 31, and 44-year-old Oliver Obiora, who pretended to be someone else and conned a Khamphaeng Phet woman out of a million baht.

He said that the suspects after gaining the confidence and love of a woman, would tell her they had sent some expensive gifts to her, but she would need to make some money transfer before she could receive the gifts from customs.

She would then be contact by a fake customs officer, ho happened to be an associate of the syndicate. The customs officer would made the woman understand that her goods have been seized by the customs service because they contain some contraband such as money and other items.

She would then be requested to send additional funds to clear the items and have them delivered to her. Before she would realise it was cam, she would have parted with a huge sum of money. And it is quite unfortunate that some of these women are just trying to survive on the meager sum they make from their means of livelihood

Emeka was nabbed with electronic evidence at the Regent Home Condo in Bang Na while his sidekick, Oliver was taken down while attempting to flee the country at Don Meuang airport.

The money they obtained was laundered in the Pratunam area of Bangkok. They were charged with computer fraud, false pretenses, illegal use of ATM cards and Oliver was on overstay too.


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