Economic and Financial Crimes Commission

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, said it had arrested a suspected internet fraudster for allegedly defrauding a New Zealand woman of $267,000 (about N52.59 million).

This was contained in a statement issued by the commission’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, and made available to newsmen in Abuja.

It said that the suspect, 37-year-old graduate of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, defrauded the victim by claiming to be Christopher Williams from the United Kingdom.

It said the complainant met the suspect on a dating site on the internet and allegedly fell in love with him.

The statement said that the suspect started collecting money from his victim after he claimed to be in possession of gemstone worth over $18,000 (about N3.55 million), which he claimed was inherited from his father.

“The suspect hoodwinked the victim into believing that he was coming to New Zealand to settle down with her.
“The victim said the money allegedly sent to the suspect was received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing different names but claiming to be the suspect’s friends,” it said.

The statement said the suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations were concluded.

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