Yahoo Boy defrauds Danish 'lover' of N18m

An Internet fraudster who duped a Danish woman of N18 million, is now in the custody of the EFCC.

A Danish woman, Hengameh Misepasi, who must have thought she had met a 'lover' and potential husband on the Internet, will now be regretting why she got entangled with the young man who in the end, defrauded her of the sum of $100,000, about N18m.

The Nigeria Internet fraudster, also known as Yahoo-Yahoo Boy, Emeofa Michael Ikechukwu, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in its release, states that the fraudster has been arrested for defrauding the unsuspecting lady of the sum while posing as an American by the name Michael Briggs, in a romance scam.

The Head, Media and Publicity of the agency, Wislon Uwujaren, said the suspect allegedly met the victim online in February 2013 and falsely represented himself as an American business executive on business visit to Nigeria.

"In the course of the Internet affair, Ikechukwu promised his victim marriage and later began to make monetary demands on her, using various excuses.

Once, he told her that he had problems with government officials and requested for a loan. He later cajoled her into partnering with him on a phantom timber business.

The last request he made before he was arrested was a demand for $10,000, to enable him to travel to Denmark to meet her.

It was while he was attempting to withdraw the money sent by the victim through Western Union that he was arrested."

He was picked up in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, by operatives of EFCC following a petition from the Nigerian Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden.

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