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Yahoo boys in police net

Three young men have been held by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) after they swindled a foreigner of 3,600 dollars.

The suspects, who are now undergoing interrogation at the EFCC office, in Ikoyi, Lagos, are identified as Kareem Lateef, Temitope Sola Disu and Hassan Abiodun David.

The suspects were said to have met their waterloo on August 21 when Lateef walked into a bank at the Ikoyi area of Lagos and tried to cash the 3,600 dollars through Western Union with an international passport bearing Lateef’s name and identity card.

But the eagle eye bank official, sensed foul play when Lateef walked into the banking hall with Disu and David. One of the bank officials was said to have asked Lateef his date of birth and the boy simply crashed like a pack of cards and sent his gang into police net when he gave a date different from the one on the International Passport. The suspects revealed that they usually get their victims through the Internet by telling horrifying, sorrowful stories to the victims to elicit sympathy.

Disu admitted that he had been extracting money from people for long. According to him, he said: “I have been chatting with the woman (victim) for long. I told her that I was an abandoned child from separated parents.

My mother left me with my father and traveled to London. I had an ambition to further my education, but my father refused to sponsor me.” He said this has not been the first time of defrauding her. According to Disu, he had collected 100, 300 and 150 dollars respectively from the same person. But he was apprehended this time when he went with his partners to withdraw the sum of 3,600 dollars. Also, he had collecting money from the bank with different fake names and had always claimed that they were sent to him by his father. When EFCC got to his house, American cheque of 40,000 dollars suspected to be fake, was also found.

David, who is a third year student of Mass Communication Department, Lagos State University, on his own part claimed that he went to the bank to deposit some money given to him by his father for his project and a laptop when he met the duo of Lateef and Disu who he said live in the same neighbourhood with him. They told him that they came to collect money sent to Disu by his brother in USA.

EFCC has discovered David owns a Honda car, which he claimed he bought three years ago but could not give a satisfactory account of how he got the money used in buying the car.

Lateef, on his part, said that Disu has approached him for international passport, so as to receive money which was sent to him through the Western Union Money Transfer with it, but did not tell him how much he was to cash. He however, promised to give him the sum of 200,000 dollars if he accepted to give him the international passport and go to the bank with him.

Daily Sun also learnt that Disu is a kingpin of internet fraud. It was discovered that he had spent nine months in Kirikiri Prison yard for Internet scam.

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March 21, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. we dey work ohh make una leave boys a lone make me make money dey rich efcc be thief too so yahooze no go stop for nigeris forever and ever [amen]umaru yaradua no go fit stop am too cause him too na baba for 419 all efcc and governments officials are the real 419 and bad people but we dey do yahooze to survive our we dey die for our ounty wht we no go do yahooze,we go do am forever and ever

    Comment by shepe ogogoro | November 28, 2007 | Reply

  2. we go make money with yahoozeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee no jupiter go fit stop us unless na baba GOD wey dey for heaven,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,we go dey collect money forever ,any efcc wey collect bribe na me shepe go arrest an and to take am to our police state,yahoose police station ,,,,,,make un smile cause we dry do yahooozeeeeeeeeeeee

    Comment by shepe ogogoro | November 28, 2007 | Reply

  3. Yahoo is good.I can’t do without it,I can’t stop collecting money from those maga.Dey go pay and must pay all yahoozee boys..Guys we need the money.Na our right,we go dey collect oooooo.Efcc chairman na scammer him be tooo.Him dey broswe for office dey find maga were go pay..Well anybody were see effc chairman tell say i get format to give am oooo..Guys anybody runs dey make we collect more money,i wan change my car.i wan buy ranger rover 4.0……

    Comment by Rick | December 11, 2007 | Reply

  4. i feel una my fellow wire wire

    Comment by yaks | October 16, 2013 | Reply

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