Enugu - Three students have appeared in court for allegedly duping foreign nationals thousands in foreign currency through a phony online scheme.
Solomon Uchendu, Ndubisi Agu and Uchendo Chikwadu have appeared before the Federal High Court sitting in Enugu, Enugu State for offences bordering on obtaining by false pretence and Advanced Fee Fraud.
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives arrested the suspects, who were living at 4, Coal City University Close, Independence Layout, Enugu, following intelligence report over their alleged involvement in the alleged internet crime.
According to Wilson Uwujaren, EFCC Head, Media and Publicity one of the suspects, Uchendu, who is currently undergoing the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Akoko, Ondo State, confessed that he had seven different email accounts registered with different names.
He is facing a seven-count charge, further disclosed that most of his victims were from the U.S., Canada and Germany after confessing duping one Patricia from Canada $1 200; Larisa from Germany $300 and Ethel from the U.S. $300.
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Agu, a final year student of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu further told the court that he realized $13 000 between 2013 and February, 2014 from some of his victims across the world.
The third suspect, 22-year-old Chikwadu, a native of Imezi LGA Enugu State, confessed that he had three fake drivers’ licences, which were procured in the names of John Omoaroijake, Gary Harry and Chikwadu Uchendu at a cyber cafe in Warri, Delta State.
Chikwadu, who is currently seeking admission into the Delta State University, said he met one 32 year-old nurse, Grace Talves of Blackpool, United Kingdom on a dating site.
The suspect, who claimed to be Harry Phillp (42) thereafter, began to send love scam mails and pictures to Talves, a British divorcee and mother of one, who is currently in Nigeria for an engineering job.
He stated that he duped her £500, an Ipad and a Mac Air laptop.
The trial resumes next Tuesday. The suspects remain in custody.