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Nigerian students dupe Italian in romance scam

05 January 2017, 21:03

Abuja - Two men, including a university student, have been arrested in Ibadan for defrauding an Italian man of €2,400 (N1.22 million) in a romance scam.

Operatives of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Timothy Adegbaji Ademiju and Taiye Shittu Habibulahi, a student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State, for offences bordering on internet fraud and obtaining by false pretense.

It is alleged the pair with one David Olaoluwa Adesubokan, an Adekunle Ajasin University (Ondo State) student, also known as Opinion (now at large), to fleece one Giacomo Rossi while posing as a lady named Grace Thomas.

Also read: ‘I fell for the same Tinder scam twice’

The arrest followed a petition from the victim alleging he was contacted on a dating site by one ‘Thomas’ posing to be an American nursing student from OAU, and was in dire need of financial assistance to complete her studies.

The loan which ‘Thomas’ allegedly promised to pay back has been dismissed as a decoy to trick Rossi into the fraudulent game.

EFCC said the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations into the matter are concluded.

– CAJ News

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