EFCC arrests man in $90,000 romance scam of Australian widow | #daitngscams | #lovescams


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of defrauding an Australian widow in a fake online romance, a year after she was found dead during a trip to South Africa where she intended to meet him.

The Australian, 67-year-old Jette Jacobs, and Orowo Omokoh had met on an Internet dating site. Jacobs , flew from her home in Western Australia to meet Omokoh in South Africa last February, but died four days later under circumstances still being investigated by South African police.

Omokoh had arrived in Nigeria two days before her death.

Facebook Pictures of Jesse Orowo Omokoh, a man who allegedly killed Jette Jacobs as part of a Love Scam
Facebook Pictures of Jesse Orowo Omokoh, a man who allegedly killed Jette Jacobs as part of a Love Scam

The anti-graft agency spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said the EFCC arrested the Omokoh on January 28 on suspicion of conning 67-year-old  grandmother out of $90,000.

“We received a complaint about the fraudulent relationship from police in South Africa. We tracked him for a while, then we closed in,” EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said.

He stressed the Nigerian commission only had power to investigate the alleged fraud committed on its territory but would cooperate with South African police on any extradition request.

Fake online romances are common form of advance fee fraud in Nigeria — generically called “419 scams”, after the section in the penal code. Authorities say they have become more popular as the classic emails promising impossibly good business deals become less effective.



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