19-year-old impersonates American pilot, defrauds woman of N27m
Afeez HanafiA 19-year-old secondary school leaver, Chigemezu Arikibe, has been tracked down by the police after using fake social media accounts to swindle a Cambodian woman to the tune of $75,000 (N27m at N360 to 1$).To woo his victim identified simply as Sophanmia, Arikibe reportedly paraded himself on Facebook and Instagram as an American pilot working for a British airline.
City Round gathered that after establishing a relationship with the woman, Arikibe offered to send her expensive gift items and $500,000, for investment in real estate business in Cambodia.The suspect reportedly told Sophanmia that he would send the parcel to her through a courier in Indonesia and asked her to send $800 for the service.
He was said to have contacted his friend in Indonesia to act as a courier agent and collect the money from his victim.After sending the money, Arikibe came up with excuses why the parcel could not be delivered and persuaded the woman to send more money accumulating into $75,000.
It was learnt the woman alerted the Nigeria Embassy in Cambodia when she discovered that “the American pilot,” communicating with her was calling from Nigeria and not the United States.The embassy was said to have alerted the Nigeria Police and operatives of the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team led by DCP Abba Kyari went after Arikibe.
A police source told our correspondent that the suspect was trailed to the Mbaitoli area of Imo State where he is based.“The suspect was arrested with the SIM card and the phone he used in committing the crime and when we went through the phone, we saw chats between him and the woman.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to everything and he also said there was a man in Indonesia who helped him pulled out the money from a USA bank account. He claimed to be an American and that was why he gave the woman an American bank account. The worst was that the woman went and borrowed the money from the bank,” the source stated.
Arikibe, while confessing to the crime, said he learnt Internet fraud from his friend within one week and he started on his own.He said, “I attended Community School, in the Eziooha area of Mbaitoli and graduated in October 2018. It was Ugochukwu my friend who taught me how to do Internet fraud. I opened a fake Fakebook account with the name Frank William and on Instagram I was Patrick William.
“I uploaded the pictures of an American pilot on my fake Fakebook and Instagram pages. The pilot later discovered that I used his pictures and he started complaining. He even said he had been arrested three times by the police.“My Facebook account was later blocked, then I focused on Instagram, where I met the client (Sophanmia). I followed her and we started chatting. I told her I am a pilot and we started discussing about life.
“I told her I wanted to send expensive clothes, shoes, wrist watches and the sum of $500,000 to her. I told her that the $500,000 would be invested in real estate business.”READ ALSO:Hotel attendant stabs guest to death over N1,200The teenager explained that he sent pictures of the purported items and the money to the victim which convinced her to send money for the courier service.
He added, “I told her that I have sent the money through a courier company and she would have to pay customs tax. My friend in Indonesia acted like the courier company and they contacted her.“She was given the first bill of $800 and she paid. My Indonesian friend called the woman again and told her that the goods had been seized and they told her to pay $2,700.
“She paid the money and they asked her to pay another money which was $6,200. She paid several other monies to have the goods released. She ended up paying $75,000 and I got my share.”Copyright PUNCH.All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.
Contact:DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON Read more: The Punch Newspapers »
LG Election: We Didn't Vote But Result Was Announced', Say Residents Of Kirfi LGA In Bauchi State
يمكنك الاستمتاع بالفيديوهات والموسيقى التي تحبها وتحميل المحتوى الأصلي ومشاركته بكامله مع أصدقائك وأفراد عائلتك والعالم أجمع على YouTube.
😂😂😂 Fine.. Now what next? Because d 9ja government way i know no go return d money to d owner.. Na dem go still eat am😒 What? 27 million 19years old. Oluwa God, where are you. So sad this was through fraud. Assuming its legit, this young man would have been enjoying sha. And the same goats will run to blame the government for all their misfortunes
officialEFCC Young rich nigga This guy need to tell the law that he is ready to repent so they can forgive him as they forgive boko aram if not forgiven then Nigeria has to wake up beside this a matter of brain not terrorists Hmmm. Nineteen-year old with the sauce. Nice job, but you for dey chop am small small.. Those billings too high
😂😂😂😂😂😂 OG Mad Nawa In a sensible country oooo,how he was able to do it should be a topic of research but because he is a child of nobody and his name ring no bell,na jail be that but he would have been granted bail if otherwise ..... But to be safer ,part away with some of the money like mompha And u would be as free as the bird
Who teach dis guy work no do finishing touch🤣🤣🤣🤣 This is strongly crazy.... Yahoo plus.....e no tell the part of where they put the woman picture for shrine He is repentant... He should be sent abroad for studies. Smh Yahoo ni everybody in Naira Marley's voice Naija guys, I hail una oo Why is the Nigerian police arresting this young man.
They should send him abroard to study, and also rehablitate him like the boko boys. Since leaders of yesterday won't give way for leaders of today what do you think leaders of tomorrow will do? That's bad. AyoguCOnyinye3 How did he do it? Was the woman blind or he is working with an older person? This my people eh
19 years....wetin he wan do with 27m....chineke 19-year-old Leaders of tommorow 😉😉, what is this world turning to.🙂 The money is even bigger than his age. Take all Wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow Strong man How ? This boy collected such huge amount of monies and still looks this haggard Na better juju, the guy get better soap and aseje... no be my mouth you hear ham o🚶♂️
This is a serious issue o Poor Wey steal Maggi * African China's voice* I know we all are supposed to now look at the kid and all.... But what was this woman giving the “American pilot” N27m for ? 🤔 Wow That's huge
How COVID-19 destroyed social fabric in Lagos, other statesThere is anxiety in Lagos and other states as citizens were greeted with the news of the first coronavirus case in Nigeria. nigerian are good In taking advantage on anything that comes our way.
COVID-19: 11 suspected cases tested in Nigeria negative“We are in close communication with the Lagos State Ministry of Health and other states, and will inform the public once there’s a confirmed case in Nigeria.” False negative or negatively positive I pray we don't have it here. God pls! There wont be any confirmed case in Jesus's Name.
Saudi Arabia halts pilgrimage visa over fears of COVID-19Saudi Arabia on Thursday suspended visas for pilgrims wishing to visit Mecca over fears of Covid-19, the foreign ministry said. The earlier the better. I love proactive measures by responsible government.
Coronavirus in Nigeria - FG confirms COVID-19 in Lagos [Full statement] - Daily Post NigeriaThe Nigerian government has announced a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Lagos State, Nigeria. The Federal Ministry of Health confirmed the positive God help us So its here....now the drama begins. It's unfortunate that the fast killing disease is here in Nigeria under a regime that is too fond of giving very unnecessary & unbecoming excuses. I pray they rise to the occasion. Please, tell the Minister that the disease broke out in December 2019, not 2020, hence Covid-19.
COVID-19: Hardship reveals true friendship – Daily TrustThe COVID-19 outbreak is a major public health emergency that has spread in the fastest speed, caused the most extensive infection and is the most difficult to contain in China since the founding of the People’s Republic on October 1, 1949. The WHO declares COVID-19 “public enemy number one”. Containing the epidemic at the source … na today you sabi?
COVID-19: Ensuring the Safety and Protection of International Students, By Zhou Pingjian - Premium Times OpinionOpinion: COVID-19: Ensuring the Safety and Protection of International Students, By Zhou Pingjian