South African woman and Nigerian men busted for R400 000 online dating scam

South African woman and Nigerian men busted for R400 000 online dating scam

A SOUTH  AFRICAN n woman and five Nigerian men appeared in a court in Cape Town last  Friday, accused of involvement in an online dating scam, after being arrested the previous day  – a husband and his wife at their Burgundy Estate home, and the remaining four at an apartment in Summer Greens.

According to the South African Police Service’s official Facebook page, the arrests resulted from an ongoing, investigation into an online dating scam that allegedly “targeted and robbed” unsuspecting women victims.

SAPS said that  seven alleged victims had been conned out of a combined total  R400 000.

The police  alleged that the suspects created fake accounts on online dating sites to lure women.

The post added: “They would chat with the victims for a while, before coming up with different scenarios that would see the women depositing or transferring money to bank accounts provided by the suspects.

“The woman, who is alleged to have received all the money, was found with R50 000 in cash when arrested.”

The suspects are expected to appear in the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court on July 15.

They appeared in the Cape Town District Court before magistrate N Booi who, at the request of the prosecutor, ordered that they be transferred in custody to the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court.

In the dock were the South African woman, Nonhanhla Mda, 31, and Nigerian men Nicholas Ebbone Okonji, no age given, Emmanuel Ogagarho Adiebrefe, 36, Franklin Meje Bagogum, 32, Emmanuel Oluwagbenga Adu, 46, and Imovdu Imomkhe Abraham, whose age  was not given.

The charge sheet did not  sayindicate which of the five men was Mda’s husband. – ANA