EFCC RETURNS 10,000 EUROS TO FRENCH LOVE SCAM VICTIM

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has returned 10,000 euros(N2.2m) to a French man who after meeting a Nigerian man online posing as a lady, thought he had found love but was scammed out of his savings.

The victim identified as Francois Mercade had met Omodara Adedapo Oluseye, a male student of the College of Agriculture, Akure, who posed as a lady bearing the name Kate Williams on the Internet sometime in 2009, and they developed a relationship which was to ‘culminate in marriage’.

In a statement issued by EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, Mercade in the course of sustaining the relationship wired money to his fake lover at the instance of the latter.

The statement reads, “The scam was reported to the Commission via a petition from the French Consulate in Lagos, on behalf of Mercade.

“The petitioner alleged that he met a Nigerian beauty by name, ‘Kate Williams’ on the internet sometime in 2009 and they developed a relationship which was to culminate in marriage.
‘Williams’ was to relocate to join Mercade in France to consummate the relationship.

“While Mercade planned the logistics of the relocation, ‘Williams’ who purportedly did some jobs for an unnamed company in Nigeria, came up with a story that the company refused to pay ‘her’ for job done. ‘She’ sought the assistance of Mercade and the ‘couple’ contacted a lawyer named ‘James Robert’, to procure traveling documents and also help her claim money from the company owing her.

“Mercade parted with the sum of 25,000.00 Euros(N5.5m), through Western Union, in processing his brides’ passage with no bride in sight. Eventually, it dawned on him that he had been scammed.

“Investigations into the matter by the Commission revealed that ‘Kate Williams’ is the pseudonym of Omodara Adedapo Oluseye, a male student of the College of Agriculture, Akure, who, however, resides in Ibadan Oyo state.

“Omodara’s accomplice, Adesuyi Ayodeji Adedapo, assisted in collecting the money transferred by the victim from the Akure, Ondo State branch of a new generation bank, using forged drivers’ license

The two scammers were prosecuted on a two count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences before a Federal High Court ,Lagos, convicted and sentenced on 13th June 2011, to one year imprisonment each without an option of fine.”

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