Thailand police have arrested three Nigerian men on Wednesday, April 11, over an alleged romance scam that lured Thai women to wire them money.
The romantic relationship where done via Facebook and other social-networking websites and swindling them, news reports said Wednesday. The suspects were accused of bilking $266 000 from 18 women before they were arrested Monday at a Bangkok apartment.
police Lieutenant General Panu Kerdlarppol said, the suspect web-chatted with their victims for one month to one year to persuade the women they loved them. The suspected then told their victims they had shipped valuables to them as gifts, posting photos and fake invoices of the expensive items.
Pol Maj-General Surachet Hakpal, tourist police deputy commissioner, said in a press conference that Ajike Ajelo Martins Junior, 39, Namdi Elvis Ezeh, 39, and Uzochukwu Jerome Ezeneche, 41 were arrested following a court warrant issued on Monday.
Thai accomplice then allegedly posed as a government official and told the victims they had to pay customs duties to take delivery.
The victims were then instructed to pay the duties via bank transfer. Panu said the internet fraud ring was believed to have 70 members and their leader was based in Malaysia.
Police seized a computer, four mobile phones, 23 bank books and 20 ATM cards as well as Bt715,000 in cash and 4,000 Nigeria naira (Bt350) in cash from the suspects.