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EFCC arrests varsity dropout over $96,000 fraud

Lanre Adewole, Abuja – 23.11.2009
A former student of the Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, Okoro Victor, alias Jerry Finger, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly defrauding foreigners to the tune of $96,607 through the internet.
The 23-year-old fraudster, who dropped out of the university in 2004 due to what he called “family issues,” was arrested by operatives of the commission in Benin City, Edo State, following a petition by a regional officer with Money gram, who suspected that a number of foreign ladies, who had been wiring money to the fraudster were victims of fraud.
The suspicion was triggered by a communication with one of the victims who told Money gram that she met the fraudster on the internet and she had been sending him money because he claimed he wanted to set up a business.
Subsequent investigations revealed that Victor was a serial marriage scammer, who had been fleecing his victims posing as Jerry Finger, a white British-American expatriate working in Nigeria.
Apart from sending photographs to his victims and promising them marriage, he would also tell them that he was in Nigeria to execute a project and then demand for money from them, with a promise to refund it when he was paid.
Before he was finally nabbed, a total of $96,607.95 had been remitted to him by many of his victims from the United States and Germany.
The suspect, who was arrested on October 23, had since been admitted to administrative bail, but would soon be charged to court.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the EFCC, Mrs. Farida Waziri, has charged Nigerian youths to take up the gauntlet in the fight against corruption in the country.

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November 23, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

  1. “JERRY FINGER” ROMANCE SCAM

    I AM A WOMAN FROM GERMANY AND I ALSO WAS A VICTIM OF
    “JERRY FINGER” A SCAMMER FROM NIGERIA
    AND HAVE LOST SOME MONEY.

    WHEN I READ THIS ARTICLE I WAS SO VERY HAPPY THAT THEY COUGHT AND ARRESTET HIM.
    I KNOW I WANT GET MY MONEY BACK BUT I AM SATISFIED THAT HE WILL STAY IN JAIL FOR A WHILE.

    A BLUEEYED WOMAN
    FROM GERMANY

    Comment by Monika Fowler | August 29, 2010 | Reply


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