EFCC arrests university student over alleged internet romance scam
Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi
Nigeria anti-corruption agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office has arrested a suspected internet scammer, Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, 31, a final year Accounting student of Ekiti State University for alleged internet fraud.
Avcording to the agency acting Head of Media and Publicity, Samin Amaddin, Babatunde, who poses on the internet as an American Army Officer by the name ‘Dennis Martinez’ allegedly serving in Libya engages in internet love and romance scams.
He engages unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and romance scam through which he fleeces them of their money.
Last of his victims were the duo of Sandra Simundza and Lily F, both in Australia, from whom he claimed to have obtained about $500 (five hundred US dollars) in tranches.
Babatunde, according to series of intelligence gathered by the Commission, allegedly lives ostentatious life without a definite job.
He confessed to have been engaged actively in internet romance scam in the last four years from which he sustained his flamboyant lifestyle and bought himself a 2005 Lexus car with registration number Lagos MUS 404 DX.
Being a part-time student, he also confessed to have spent most of his time on the dating sites, particularly tinder and okculpid from which he meets his victims.
Items recovered from him include one laptop Apple macbook Pro; three ATM cards; one iphone 6 x plus; one Nokia phone and one international passport. Several love scam mails were also found and downloaded from his laptops.
The suspect will be arraigned in court soon.