An American woman who was lured to Nigeria by a man she met on Facebook, has regained freedom after spending one year in captivity.
She was rescued from the ‘dating fraudster’ who had persuaded her to come to Nigeria “under the pretext of love and deceitfully married her.”
Police spokesperson Frank Mba said her captor was a 34-year-old man
who held her captive in a hotel and extorted $48,000 from her.
Mba revealed further that the suspect also forcefully collected and took control of her credit and debit cards as well as the operation of her bank accounts. This included the receipt of her monthly retirement benefits and allowances over the period of 15 months.
The victim is a retired civil servant in the United States.
She was rescued by a Police Intelligence Response Team following information provided by some Nigerians.
In 2019, 10 people located around the United States were arrested and charged in an organized money laundering scheme as they were attempting to wash the cash that they illegally obtained from ‘ignorant victims’.
The scheme operates in such a way that cash that was sent by unsuspecting women who thought they were building relationships with the scammers.
These victims sent more than $1.1 million, including one woman who spent more than $546,000 in cash and goods on a man who she thought she was dating.
Online dating fraud is rife amongst Nigerian scammers. The scammers are located in different parts of the world and the modus operandi differ.