19 Jan 2015

EFCC arrests internet love scammer for duping a Dane of $100,000

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested a suspected Internet fraudster, Ikechukwu Emeofa, for allegedly duping a Dane, Hengameh Misepasi, of $100,000.

It was gathered that Emeofa, also known as Michael Briggs, had impersonated an American citizen and promised to marry Misepasi.

Spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said Emeofa was arrested in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, following a petition from the Nigerian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.
Uwujaren said, “The suspect met the victim online in February 2013 and falsely represented himself as an American business executive on a business visit to Nigeria.

“In the course of the Internet affair, Emeofa promised to marry the victim and later started to make monetary demands on her, using different excuses. Once, he told her that he had problems with government officials and requested a loan.”
The EFCC spokesperson explained that in the last request, Emeofa demanded $10,000 to enable him travel to Denmark to meet her.
“It was while he was attempting to draw the money sent by the victim through the Western Union that he was arrested,” Uwujaren added.
He said the suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was completed.

Credit: Sesan Olufowobi/PunchMetro

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