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Banker, undergraduates, arrested in $21,600 marriage scam


this was in the papers in Nigeria today. please read and give your comments.



A staff of a new generation banks, Tobi Adebayo, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over his role in a marriage scam involving two undergraduates of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye and a Malaysian lady who was swindled of $21,600.

The prime suspect, Oyewale Jide Akeem, claimed that he met the victim, Susan Choo, on a dating site on the internet and they started chatting. Soon, their chat blossomed into a love affair.

The 18- year old undergraduate who had assumed the identity of a non-existent Mark Park Lofton, an American national resident in Nigeria, said the only condition that the lady gave for the consummation of their romance was that he must be a Christian which he readily met. And to convince his prey about his identity, he downloaded the picture of a tall American from the internet and sent it to the victim in Malaysia.

Choo who is a divorcee with two children was fascinated by the photograph of the white man she saw, and she started dreaming of an enduring relationship. Unknown to her , she was being conned. She stepped up her chats with the ‘white lover’. The online romance got so hot that the victim contemplated coming to Nigeria so they could solemnize the relationship.

She was so carried away that she promised to take her ‘fiance’ to Pastor Temitope Joshua of Synagogue Church of All Nations because, as she claimed, the pastor was known to her. The suspect also promised to take his ‘fiancé’ to a fictitious Pastor Mathew Kalejaiye of non- existent Lifedon Christian Church Lagos.

Now conscious that he had the victim under his spell, Akeem began to release the tricks from his rich arsenal. He started by telling the woman that he would like to visit her in Malaysia before she arrives Nigeria for the marriage and that he would need money for ticket and other travel expenses. Choo swallowed the bait and agreed to send money through Western Union.

At this juncture the fraudster realized that he would need to recruit more people to perfect the scam. He got a ready accomplice in 18- year old Idowu Olukunle Joseph, his childhood friend who is also an undergraduate of Olabisi Onabanjo University. Idowu’s duty was to present his identity card to collect the money being sent by the sucker and take it to Akeem for a commission.

When they realized that the ID card might give them away because of the frequency with which they visited the bank, they changed their strategy. The second suspect, Idowu stole his father’s driver’s license which they used to collect more money in the bank.


October 25, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. This is very up-to-date info. I’ll share it on Digg.

    Comment by Pirsey | April 22, 2009 | Reply

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