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Woman Detained on Suspicion of Forgery

This is from the news today, this time, the news is from the USA.
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A Springfield woman detained on suspicion of forgery Tuesday afternoon was released after investigators determined she was involved in a Nigerian Internet scam.
Police were sent to Williamsville State Bank, 1748 Wabash Ave., about 1:30 p.m. after the 48-year-old woman tried to cash six postal money orders totaling $5,400. Bank employees realized there was a problem with the money orders and notified police.

After being questioned by investigators from the police department and the U.S. Postal Service, the woman was released. A police report on the incident did not elaborate on why she was let go, but it did say the woman told police she had received an e-mail offering her a job cashing money orders that would be sent to her, and that she could keep 10 percent of the money if she sent the rest back.

Detectives apparently believed the woman, who is unemployed, did not understand she was participating in a scam and released her.

source–Springfield state journal register
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Student Convicted of Posing as CBN Governor to Scam Woman in $27,000 Case

 Hi. this is another recent news item from the papers in Nigeria.hope you find it interesting.  regards. alan.(ps-get more information at

A 200-level student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Muniru Adigun, has been sentenced to seven and half years imprisonment by an Ikeja High Court presided over by Justice Monike Obadina.

The accused, who was standing trial with another accused person, Emeka Ekeh over a five-count charge of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretences and forgery levelled against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), pleaded guilty to the charge while his accused counterpart Emeka, pleaded not guilty.

The EFCC prosecutor, Mr. Kayode Oni, told the court that the accused, who operated with the name of the CBN Governor, Professor Charles Soludo, together with the second accused, conspired to obtain 1,300 US dollars under false pretence from one Vicky Deschene, an American citizen, as processing fee for the transfer of 27,000 US dollars to her in the United States.

The sum was claimed by the accused to have been recovered from a Nigeria fraudster that obtained the sum of 33,000 US dollars from the American.

The prosecutor also told the court that the accused also forged a Union Bank Nigeria Plc’s draft in the name of one Douglas Schrether for the sum of 750,000 US dollars purported to have been issued by the bank.

The defence counsel , Mr. Tunde Adesanya, pleaded with the judge to tempter justice with mercy and that the accused was influenced by his friend and has shown remorse for his action.

The judge, while giving her ruling, said she accepted the guilty plea of the accused and convicted him as charged. She said the accused should have concentrated on his studies at the university to earn a degree and livelihood through lawful means, but because he had shown remorse for his action, she would be lenient with him.

She, however, sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment for each count without option of fine. The sentence will run concurrently.

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Police arrest internet conman


here is another story from the newspapers in australia about how a woman was rescued from a scam. she lost quite some money to the scammer, but at the end, he was caught.please read on and make your comments.



A Gold Coast woman who was swindled out of $47,000 in four months by a Nigerian con artist was the victim of an online romance scam, according to police.

Nigerian authorities todaThe Nigerian man who went by the name Benson Lawson scammed $47,000 from a Gold Coast woman.y arrested a 27-year-old man after a coordinated investigation with Queensland Police, charging the man with fraud-related offences.

Queensland police said a 56-year-old Gold Coast businesswoman began an online relationship in July with a man named Benson Lawson.

She believed he was a British engineer who travelled the world, but in reality she was communicating with a calculated conman who swindled her out of a large sum of money.

Superintendent Brian Hay from the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group said the woman had become so convinced the romance was legitimate, and was now paying the ultimate price.

“This woman was simply looking for a relationship, looking for a partner in life, and it cost her somewhere in the order of $47,000,” Superintendent Hay said.

“Quite frankly, the poor lady feels humiliated and embarrassed, she is angry and frustrated, and of course is left with a broken heart.

“She has suffered greatly and there’s no doubt what she feels will carry far beyond the events of today and the last four months.”

The conman came up with a number of complex excuses for needing money, which was sent to several overseas locations, including the United States.

“Each time there was a twist in the story and a different reason for the money to be sent, always with a promise of coming to meet her,” Superintendent Hay said.

She was bombarded with declarations of undying love and affection which turned out to be cleverly veiled lies and deceit, he said.

The big sting came when the woman’s love interest was on his way to Australia to meet her.

An e-mail later arrived from a Nigerian doctor, who said the man had been involved in a serious car accident while on his way to the airport.

Authorities had recovered a passport and airplane ticket and a diary containing her contact details, with the word “love” written underneath.

After sending pictures of a mangled car, wedged beneath a truck, the doctor pleaded for money to pay for medical bills.

“At the moment Benson is in a coma and very unconscious and needs urgent attention in order to commence further treatment,” the e-mail read.

“We expect your urgent response in order to save his life.”

Superintendent Hay said the e-mail was a cowardly play on emotion, and was sent with an horrific photograph of a car accident the woman believed had involved her love interest.
If not for the actions of her suspicious son, she may have sent money to assist with the fictitious treatment.

However after conducting an online search, her son found the same photograph of the car accident and discovered it had originally appeared on the internet years earlier.

The family contacted police, and an investigation led to the man’s arrest today.

Police believe he had accomplices all over the world, and have not ruled out other victims in Australia.

Superintendent Hay said things could have been much worse, revealing the man had earlier asked for $US60,000 to fund an engineering project.

“We’re talking about an intelligent, articulate woman who ordinarily in business circumstances would not be conned,” he said.

“There will always be discrepancies, but people get to the point where they want to believe something to be true and therefore make excuses.”

He appealed for anyone involved in an online romance to be cautious and never send money to someone they have never met.

“Please give us a call and we will make the time available to talk to you about your situation, and hopefully save you from embarrassment and the loss of thousands and thousands of dollars,” he said.

“If you are ever asked to send money, don’t. Contact the police, get independent advice and listen to that advice.”

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