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Nigeria returns €10 000 to love scam victim

Nigeria returns €10 000 to love scam victim
2015-07-02 22:26

Lagos – Nigeria’s anti-graft agency said on Thursday it had returned €10 000 to a French man who thought he had met a beautiful Nigerian woman online willing to move to France… only to find out it was a scam.

The man, identified as Francois Mercade, “alleged that he met a Nigerian beauty by the name ‘Kate Williams’ on the internet sometime in 2009 and they developed a relationship which was to culminate in marriage”, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said.

“‘Williams’ was to relocate to join Mercade in France, to consummate the relationship.

“‘Williams’, who purportedly did some jobs for an unnamed company in Nigeria, came up with a story that the company refused to pay ‘her’ for the job done.”

The supposed wife-to-be told him that before she could relocate to France, she needed money to hire a lawyer to deal with her employer and to get travel documents, the EFCC said.

Eventually, Mercade wired €25 000 over to enable his beloved to join him, but soon realised he had been conned.

“Kate Williams” was none other than Omodara Adedapo Oluseye, a male student at a college of agriculture in southwestern Nigeria, the EFCC said.

He had an accomplice, and both have since been arrested and jailed for one year.

The EFCC, however, only recovered part of the money Mercade was deceived into paying and wired the €10 000 to the victim.

Internet love scams targeting gullible suitors in rich countries are common, and a large number of these have originated in Nigeria.


July 8, 2015 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. I too was scammed of almost $300,000.00 He got every thing I had and he still wants more. I hope he gets what is coming to him.

    Comment by cissy | July 8, 2015 | Reply

    • hi.why don’t you try to approach the EFCC with details of your case?they will surely do something about it.let me know if you need more information.

      Comment by alanprince | July 30, 2015 | Reply

      • would please give all the info that I need to contact efcc I have kept most everything that I have received from David. I that I can provide enough info to hang a several scammers as I have talked to some people who have been go between on the scam.

        Comment by Dorva Harbur | August 7, 2015

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