Tuesday, November 24, 2009

$96000 Internet Fraud

In a manner reminiscent of a popular case of a Christ Embassy member who a few years ago duped his hotelier employers and donated the money to Christ Embassy as tithe, another Christ Embassy member has replicated the fraud. Are these guys under a spell? Please read:
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Some female foreigners who were promised marriage by a 23 year old Nigerian posing as Jerry Finger, a British expatriate have been allegedly defrauded of over $96,000 via internet scam.

Okoro Osagie Victor who dropped out from the department of Chemical Engineering at the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo state in 2004 had his 'yahoo-yahoo' business exposed after operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested him.

Investigations revealed that Victor started his illicit business after he dropped out of the university in 2007. Before then he had worked as a bartender in two hotels in Benin City, Royal Marble Hotel and Ede Confectionaries.

EFCC said yesterday Victor donated a large share of the money he collected from his victims to his church, Christ Embassy as tithes and offerings.
When the church inquired about the source of the money, he explained he earned the money legitimately through his job.

The suspect allegedly sent a photograph of a white male to his victims mostly female Germans and Americans posing as Jerry Finger, a successful expatriate who was in Nigeria to execute a project.

He then lured them with promises of marriage and demanded for money to execute his project which he said he would refund upon completion.

Also to camouflage his criminal activities, Victor held regular jobs as an Independent Field Advisor and Multilevel Marketer for an Insurance company in Benin.

According to EFCC the suspect denied defrauding his victims, adding "they are all my friends. I didn't defraud any one. I only asked for assistance and they were willing to help."

He was petitioned to the EFCC by a regional compliance officer with Money gram International and was later arrested on October 23 in Benin.

EFCC said the suspect has been admitted to administrative bail and would soon be charged to court.


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