Kaduna (Nigeria) – Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has recovered and returned the sum of €10, 540 to a polish who fell as a victim of Internet love scam.
The victim, named Jamina, was allegedly duped €40,000 by the suspect, one Gabriel Oseremen Xavi, who runs a fake Facebook account with the name, Collins Page.
The suspect was traced to Benin City, Edo State, where he was arrested by EFCC operatives following a petition by the victim.
Speaking Wednesday in Abuja at the presentation of the sum of €10,540 recovered from the suspected Internet fraudster, Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Lamorde, tasked diplomats to sensitise their citizens against Internet love scam.
Lamorde, urged them to also focus more on lonely elderly people who have been found to be easy prey, adding that “All the assets acquired by the suspect from the proceeds of the crime will be disposed off at the conclusion of trial, and the money returned to the victim.”
The money was handed over to the Belgian Ambassador, Stephane De Loecker and his Polish counterpart, Andrzej Dycha, by Lamorde
Expressing his gratitude, De Loecker, thanked the Nigerian government as well as the EFCC for what he described as ‘its commitment to curbing Internet scams.’’
He remarked that it was his first time of witnessing the restitution of a victim of scam by any law enforcement agency and urged the EFCC not to rest on her oars.
The envoy assured that the Belgian government would carry out rigorous campaigns to sensitize its citizens on the dangers of love scam.
In a remark, Dycha, who also expressed his gratitude, extended invitation to the EFCC to be part of the meeting of association of EU Consuls to further “advise and sensitise them on Internet scam.”