EFCC arrests suspected fraudster over $100,000 love scam


A suspected internet fraudster, Emeofa Michael Ikechukwu has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly obtaining the sum of $100,000 from a Dane, Hengameh Misepasi in a romance scam.

Ikechukwu who also go by the alias, Michael Briggs, was picked up in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by the Commission’s operatives following a petition from the Nigerian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

The suspect allegedly met the victim online in February 2013 and falsely represented himself as an American business executive on business visit to Nigeria.

In the course of the internet affair, Ikechukwu promised his victim marriage and later began to make monetary demands on her, using various excuses.

Once, he told her that he had problems with government officials and requested for a loan and later cajoled her into partnering with him on a phantom timber business.

The last request he made before he was arrested, according to a statement by the EFCC head of media, Wilson Uwujaren, was a demand for $10,000 to enable him travel to Denmark to meet her.

“It was while he was attempting to draw the $100 sent by the victim (instead of the $10,000 requested) through Western Union that he was arrested,” the statement claimed.

The suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.

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