Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office, Oyo State, said on Friday that it had
arrested two suspects, Egbedayo Semilore and Elijah Jeremiah, over
allegedly lured unsuspecting women into Internet romance with the intent
to defraud them of large sums of money. He targeted victims who live
online photographs of two American army officers, Sergeant Shaft Pagan
and Perrie Edingson, who are allegedly serving in Afghanistan.
to have engaged in the romance scam for a while. He said he sustained
his flamboyant lifestyle and bought himself a 2010 Lexus car which he
registered in his mother’s name.
contacted, she told operatives of the commission that she was aware of
her son’s criminal activities on the Internet as he was always working
on his laptop.
identity cards bearing different names and biodata, a 2010 Lexus car
with number plate SMK 475 EH, two laptops and one Blackberry Passport
phone from Semilore. Several love scam mails were also found and
downloaded from his laptops.
No 3, Adeniyi Avenue, old Bodija, Ibadan, was living a flamboyant life
before his arrest.
Jeremiah stayed indoors mostly surfing car auction sites on the
Internet. The statement said Jeremiah would make online purchase of
items from China and pay with fictitious letters of credit.
commission, Jeremiah said he downloaded Letter of Credit purportedly
issued by Scotia Online Financial Services of Scotia Bank Worldwide from
Google and edited them to suit his transactions with which he paid for
iPhone, two Nokia mobile phones, passport, forged Union Bank statement
of account with Nigerian Uniform Bank Account Number 10141411389 for
Datsol Industries Limited and an envelope containing several documents
were recovered from him.