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Police arrest internet fraud suspects for defrauding American

By Success Nwogu, Published: Tuesday, 13 Apr 2010

The police have arrested two young men suspected to be involved in internet fraud. The suspects are Chukwuedo Chukwuemeka, 25, and Edokpaye Isola, 23, both from Delta State.

Chukwuemeka had convinced an American, Mr. Howard Cockline, to remit $10,000.00 for an investment in Oceanic Bank by claiming to be an account officer of the financial institution and had presented some forged documents to his victim.

But luck ran out on Chukwuemeka, when his friend, Ishola, who had been monitoring the exchange of emails between his acquaintance and Cockline, forged documents and got the money deposited in his account.

Chukwuemeka, who is a certified web designer and also handles his late father‘s real estate business, had gone to one of the branches of Fidelity Bank in Lagos to collect the money, unknown to him that someone else had picked it. The Fidelity Bank officials suspected that Chukwuemeka had come to collect someone else’s money, alerted the police, and he was arrested.

According to the Lagos State Police Command’s spokeman, Mr. Frank Mba, the matter is a case of obtaining money under false pretence, outright stealing and impersonation.

He said that the command was doing everything possible to recover the money and return it to the victim.

He also said the suspects were involving in defrauding foreigners by presenting Nigerian ladies’ pictures to them, claiming that the women were searching for husbands or lovers.

Mba said, “One of the suspects in this case, Chukwuedo Chukwuemeka, in one of his routine browsing on the internet, stumbled on an American called Howard Cockline, based in California in the United States. Chukwuedo Chukwuemeka, who is also known as Chucks Edo, presented himself as an accounts officer with Oceanic Bank. He actually successfully designed a website that looks so much like that of the bank in question and managed to convince Howard Cockline to invest in the bank.

“He presented another person known as Chuks Edo, which is still his alias, as his secretary, to Howard Cockline. After much exchange of emails, Howard Cockline was convinced to invest in this fictitious bank and he remitted $10,000 through money transfer to him.”

He added, “In the course of investigation, we discovered that there was another suspect, Edokpaye Ishola, known as Barry, based in Benin who is a friend to Chuks. Of course, both are the same yahoo business. Both are in the same internet scam business and both have had interactions that showed that they are birds of a feather.

“Ishola had hacked into the email account and had been monitoring the entire exchange of emails between Chuks, who is also known as John Goodman, and Cockline. The moment the transaction was sealed, Ishola forged all the relevant documents, went to a branch of Fidelity Bank in Benin and cashed the money.

“Chuks has shown so much intelligence. He is a certified website designer. My interaction with him showed that he has a deep intellectual base. My concern is the fact that his intellectual capacity that ordinarily should have been utilised for positive things is being channeled into criminal activities.”

Chukwuemeka, who told our correspondent that he regretted his action, attributed it to greed. He said he was a first offender and promised that he would not be involved in any other fraudulent activities in the future.

Ishola, who also told our correspondent that he would not be involved in fraud again, attributed the act to the devil. According to him, he got the password of his friend‘s email address when he forgot to sign out.

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April 13, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

1 Comment »

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    Comment by johan | April 13, 2010 | Reply


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