Love Scam: EFCC recovers $2000 from American victim

By Tobias Lengnan Dapam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday said it has successfully recovered the sum of $2000.00 for one Margaret Sanders, an American based in Sherman, Texas, which she had lost to a suspected Nigerian fraudster, Benjamin Akugbe, in a romance scam.

The EFCC which made this known in a statement issued by Head, Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, recalled that Sanders, through a petition dated July 9, 2013 alleged that she entered into a relationship on facebook, with someone who claimed to be Benny Brown from Warri, Delta State, with both agreeing to get married.

According to her, the suspect in the course of the affair, requested for the sum of $2000.00USD to enable him join her in United States of America.

The money was wired to him through Western Union, into an account with the name, Gladdys Ikpoba domiciled with a new generation bank.

After an endless wait for the fiance, Sanders came to the sad realisation that she had been duped. But her efforts to recover the money were unsuccessful until she petitioned the EFCC.


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