Internet love scam: EFCC arrests fake “Afghan based US army”, one other in Ibadan


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Two suspected internet fraudsters including a fake Afghan based US Army officer are now in the net of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Ibadan over alleged Internet love scam.
According to EFCC source, the arrested suspects, Egbedayo Semilore and Elijah Jeremiah aka (jerry), are to be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.
The anti graft body stated that “while Semilore, 26, engages in Internet love scam, Jeremiah, 29, is a predator on online auction sites”,adding that Semilore poses as an Afghan based US Army officer with the names Sergeant Shaft Pagan and Perrie Edingson to allegedly defrauded unsuspecting ladies.
EFCC in a statement stressed that the last victim of the ‘fake Afghan based US Army officer’ was  “a US national from whom he claimed to have obtained about N4million in tranches and bought himself a car.
The Commission declared that though the two suspected fraudsters were arrested differently, they have “both made confessional statements, adding that “Jeremiah confessed to using fake instruments to order goods from China through online auction sites by downloading “Letters of Credit purportedly issued by Scotia Online Financial Services of Scotia bank worldwide from Google with which he pays for his purchases”.
“The auctioneers, unaware of his antics often fall victim of his game by shipping the goods to him ahead of confirmation of payment”.
EFCC added that “Semilore, during interrogation also confessed to have used proceeds of romance scam to sustain a flamboyant lifestyle and bought himself a 2010 Lexus car which he registered in his mother’s name”.
The Commission gave items recovered from the suspects as “One laptop, three modems, one Iphone and two Nokia phones, international Passport, forged Union Bank Statement of Account with NUBAN number:10141411389 for Datsol Industries Limited and an envelope containing several documents were recovered from Jeremiah.
It stated further that “three identity cards bearing different names and biodata, a 2010 Black Toyota Lexus car with registration number (Lagos) SMK 475 EH, two laptops and one Blackberry Passport phones were recovered from Semilore with several scam mails also found and retrieved from his laptops”.


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