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Partners In Crime Nigerian man, girlfriend arrested for scam in Thailand

Shola Rotimi Oluwole and his Thai girlfriend have been arrested after they allegedly hacked into a woman's e-mail and duped her clients.

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  play Shola and his girlfriend would face criminal charges in court (Provincial Police Region 5/Chiang Mai )

A Nigerian man, Shola Rotimi Oluwole, has been arrested in Thailand along with his Thai girlfriend for allegedly impersonating another woman to dupe her foreign clients.

Chiang Mai police say Shola Rotimi Oluwole and his girlfriend, Wannakorn Sukming, impersonated the woman after stealing her e-mail password and duped her foreign clients into paying huge sums. The duo was arrested while they were withdrawing money at a bank in Bangkok.

According to the commander of the Provincial Police Region 5, Pol Lt Gen Thanitsak Theerasawasdi, after the 29-year-old Nigerian Shola Rotimi Oluwole and Wannakorn Sukming, were  arrested, they confessed to hacking into the email account of Ms Acha Phatthong, a 53-year-old owner of Achara Silver Co, which manufactures and exports hilltribe silver jewelleries and accessories.

Shola Rotimi Oluwole and his girlfriend, Wannakorn Sukming, tampered with the account changing the bank account number for payments for orders to their own account number, so that customers would transfer money into their bank account instead.

Pol Lt Gen Thanitsak said two foreign customers had transferred a total of 101,644 baht ($3,120) to the gang's account.

Pol Lt Gen Thanitsak also said police were hunting for two other Nigerians who are members of the same gang.

Shola Rotimi Oluwole and Wannakorn Sukming have been charged with illegally altering someone else's information and stealing their identity under the Computer Crimes law. They have also been charged with fraud under the criminal codes.

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