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Inheritance Scam: Nigerian Scammers Arrested For Duping American Of N40 Million

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Inheritance Scam: Nigerian Scammers Arrested For Duping American Of N40 Million

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Oct 31, 2013 – Inheritance Scam: Nigerian Scammers Arrested By EFCC For Duping American Of N40 Million

2 young fraudsters Tobechukwu Igbokwe (Alias David Prince)and his accomplice Ifeanyi Obi who are alleged to have duped an America of $40million are to remain in prison until December 3, 2013. Justice Lawal Akapo of the Lagos State High, Ikeja on Monday October 28, 2013 remanded the duo in prison custody after they were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on a 12- count charge bordering on forgery, conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences contrary to section 8(a) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No 14 of 2006.

Specifically, Igbokwe, 19 year-old secondary school leaver, was alleged to have severally duped his victims, many of them foreigners of huge amounts of money through the internet under fraudulent guises. He allegedly worked in concert with Obi to dupe an American, Micheal Silva of $40 million in an inheritance scam. Silva was made to believe that Igbokwe and his accomplice had a huge inheritance which they wanted to move to a foreign account for safe-keeping.

The victim was asked to send money to “process” the transfer and in the process, he wired $40m in several installments through Western Union Transfer to Igbokwe and Obi.

Igbokwe also confessed that he had duped other foreigners among them a Tommy Bedwell- who lost $6,000 to him and Richard Hunt-$15,000.

One of the charges against Igbokwe and Obi reads: “Tobechukwu Igbokwe (alias David Prince) (alias John Emma) sometimes in the month of October 2011 at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division with intent to defraud obtained $800 (Eight Hundreds Dollars),$700(Seven Hundred Dollars), $200(Two Hundred Dollars) $400(Four Hundred Dollars), $200(Two Hundred Dollars), $300(Three Hundred Dollars), $500(Five Hundred Dollars), $500(Five Hundered Dollars) $500(Five Hundred Dollars) $200(Two Hundred Dollars); totalling $5,500 (Five Thousand Five Hundred Dollars) which sum you obtained separately from Michael Silva of the United States of America under false pretence that the money represent part payment for processing inheritance funds due to him as a beneficiary of the fund and which pretence you knew was false”.

When the charges were read to them, the defendants pleaded not guilty.
EFCC counsel, Fadeke Giwa prayed the court for a trial date and to remanded the accused persons in prison custody.

However, counsel to the first defendant, D. A Omougbai asked for a short date to file his bail application. Also, counsel to the second defendant, D. A Eimuejel prayed the court to accept the bail application he filed on behalf of his client.

Justice Akapo, however, adjourned the matter till December 3, 2013 and ordered that the defendants be remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos.

Wilson Uwujaren
EFCC Head, Media and Publicity
31st October, 2013

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  1. Babayaro

    October 31, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    No offence friends why is it that Igbo people are the major leaders of these terrible scams
    Please stop giving nigeria bad names
    40 million dollars is just too much

    • Michael Idabor

      October 31, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      @babayaro why must u say igbo are fraudsters what about other tribes?
      Please stop being foolish by displaying ur tribalistic sentiment
      grow up menn

  2. andreas

    October 31, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Babayaro na yoruba

  3. Operajoe

    October 31, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    No one is to be blame here,Naa person dey pay person money’s not a new thing on earth…And beside americans do froud us too,soo 50/50#wink#…I sha pray oo dat gvment should plss hav mercy,shit happens.


    November 1, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    they came to our land and other african lands and other african lands and exploited us in the name of colonializm,so this is the time to pay them back,infact go ahead and even kill them and do anything to get all the money back,bastard brittish

  5. Ekeneson

    November 1, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    Babayaro u need to know how to comment when it come to a things like this, why Igbo ur father is running a very big scam bcoz i knew ur family well.


    November 1, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    this is not a matter of ibo, all nigerians do this. in fact 60%of scammers ,re yorubas. and so what ? ibos ,re more in drugs. and so what ? that is how nigerian gvt is always fooling demselves . who arrested d britons nd americans who stated slavery nd stole all our wealth nd left us all in dis condition ?. FREE THESE YOUNG TALENTED MEN IMMEDIATELY ND EMPLOY DEM IN ASO ROCK OR EFCC.WHEN D WHITES discovers such talents,they don,t punish dem, they,ll invite dem 2 ask, “how did u do it “?so dat d govt will learn more. did they still 4rm ur village. ?i wish i hv dem as brothers. not 2 late, next world dey. govt learn somethin 4rm these guys nd free dem 2 d glory of GOD. how abt pastors stealing 4rm poor innocent members ?una don bring dem out like dis ?this is no disgrace. they never slept with another man,s wife. they,re only husstling to survive. bros, i hope say una don get mansions to una 4th generations like our pastors OOO?.what is IBB DOING WITH 100 ROOMS IN SAME NIG ? when same nigerians a family of 5-6 ,re living in one room ?free these guys b4 GOD go destroy una family. olosi.

  7. King Wizzy

    November 1, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    I dont understand $40m or 40m Naira.? Because for the 19years old boy to handle that cash he must be the boss…

  8. red

    November 1, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Why are we blaming the boys? if the idiots that were duped were not greedy they could not have been duped.they wanted easy money and gave my brothers easy withdrawal.This should serve as a lesson to everybody both the animal that send the money and the wicked monsters that duped them.Ndi ewu,keep sending and looking for easy way to earn 60/40,while the cops will keep arresting you the duper and throw your sorry ass in jail while your age mate are working hard and building a family,and you age in age and serve as a wife to your fellow men jailed husbands.

  9. a big nwa

    November 3, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Babayaro u no get sense hegoat


    November 4, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    THE EFCC or whoever they call themselves are very quick to rush to display the 19 year old for trying to get ‘paid’, whilst those BIG THIEVES in our Government who are using BILLIONS of our oil money to buy bullet proof limousine cars and hiding the rest in same America & UK or in Swiss Banks are been hailed as the scared Cows of the Nation… I beg make una go sit down mare! Eye service E’

  11. Xdon

    November 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Everything wey una dey talk na story..d owner of dis Blog must be a good writers to cook dis kind story give una and una chop am like dat haba make una wise na, 40million dollar not 40m Kobo ad EFCC arrest dem just like dat? 4 dis Nigeria wey be say corruption don full, una don hear were pastor dey cast demons out say make she enter am cos of moni?wit just 1m$ case dismiss, even some top politician never see dat kind of moni 4 der life since dem don dey thief our money….with 40m$ I go turn Niaja to visiting country for years go under country go hide my head der..shikana

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