Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it has arrested one Elijah Jeremiah, a self-styled fashion director at Datsol Industries Limited for alleged Internet fraud.
According to a statement by EFCC’s Media and Publicity unit, Jeremiah, a 29 years old man, is alleged to be a predator on online auction sites.
Jeremiah confessed to using fake instruments to order goods from China through online auction sites. According to him, he downloads Letters of Credit purportedly issued by Scotia Online Financial Services of Scotia bank worldwide from Google with which he pays for his purchases.
The auctioneers, unaware of his antics often fall victim of his game by shipping the goods to him ahead of confirmation of payment.
Items recovered from Jeremiah by security operatives include one laptop, three modems, one iPhone and two Nokia phones, International Passport, forged Union Bank Statement of Account with NUBAN number:10141411389 for Datsol Industries Limited and an envelope containing several documents.
Meanwhile, the anti graft agency says it has also arrested one Egbedayo Semilore, 26 years old, for alleged engagement in Internet love scam.
Semilore, while posing as an Afghan based US Army officer with the names Sergeant Shaft Pagan and Perrie Edingson, allegedly defrauded unsuspecting ladies and collected huge amount of money from them.
His last victim, whose full name is withheld, but known as P. J., is a US national from whom he claimed to have obtained about N4 million in tranches and bought himself a car.
Semilore, during interrogation confessed to have used proceeds of romance scam to buy for himself a 2010 Lexus car which he registered in his mother’s name.
Operatives also recovered several items from the suspect including three identity cards bearing different names and biodata, a 2010 Black Toyota Lexus car with registration number (Lagos) SMK 475 EH, two laptops and one Blackberry Passport smartphone. Several scam mails were also found and retrieved from his laptops.
The two suspects will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed, according to EFCC.