The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arrested an alleged 26-year-old Internet fraudster, Egbedayo Semilore, for allegedly stealing the identities of two United States Army officers and duping an American woman of N4m.
The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, that Semilore, while posing as an Afghan based US Army officer with the names Sergeant Shaft Pagan and Perrie Edingson allegedly defrauded unsuspecting ladies.
His last victim, according to the agency, is one P. J. (full names withheld), a US national from whom he claimed to have obtained about N4m in tranches and bought himself a car.
The statement added, “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.
“Also, 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 phone were recovered from Semilore. Several scam mails were also found and retrieved from his laptops.”
The commission also arrested one Elijah Jeremiah aka (Jerry), a self styled fashion Director of Datsol Industries Limited for alleged Internet fraud.
Jeremiah, according to the EFCC, confessed to using fake instruments to order goods from China through online auction sites. The auctioneers, unaware of his antics often fall victim of his game by shipping the goods to him ahead of confirmation of payment.
The EFCC added, “Operatives recovered several items from the suspects. One laptop, three modems, one iPhone and two Nokia phones; 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.
The anti-graft agency said they would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was completed.