Cybercrime cops arrest Nigerian, accomplice in P2.2-M ‘love scam’ #nigeria | #nigeriascams | #lovescams

Operatives of the Philippine National Police-Anti Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) arrested a Nigerian national and his cohort allegedly involved in an internet love scam worth P2.2 million in Bacoor City, Cavite.

In a news release issued on Thursday, Lt. Michael Bernardo, Team Leader of Quezon City District Anti Cybercrime Team, identified the suspects as Ikenna Onuoha, 37, a Nigerian national and Jacel Ann Paderan, 28. They were both arrested at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday at their residence at Almera Street., Camella Lessandra, Molino 1, Bacoor, Cavite.

Both have a pending warrant of arrest for swindling/estafa issued by Branch 230, Regional Trial Court (RTC), Quezon City.

The warrant of arrest stemmed from the complaint of Onuoha’s victim whom he met at a dating site (MeetMe) and had a relationship started on April 2020 wherein Onuoha hid his true identity and introduced himself as Demir Balik.

The PNP-ACG said the victim a 59-year-old female at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020, downloaded a dating app where she met “Demir Balik” or Ikenna Onuoha, a Nigerian national posing as a Turkish national.

During the course of their online conversation, which turned romantic, the victim said that suspect made a lot of promises, which she believed then to be true.

It was then that the suspect managed to convince the victim to send him money in the accumulated total amount of P2,282,000.

The PNP-ACG said that the money was sent to the bank accounts of a certain Jacel Ann Paderan, and Cristine Mae Elizares.

The victim said that the suspect explained that he has an account in Clydesdale Bank, which has become dormant.

In order to restore his account to active status, he needed the money to solve his problem with the bank.

“When the suspect asked for more money from the victim, it was then that she realized that she was being conned and decided to report the incident to our office,” Bernardo said.

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