The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has returned about $26,000 to the American victims of love scam.
According to a press release published by the EFCC, Margaret Sanders who lives in Sherman, Texas, was presented with a $2,000 cheque by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that cooperated with the EFCC to catch scammers.
Reportedly, Miss Sanders expressed delight at the professionalism demonstrated by the Nigerian agency in helping to recover the money which she thought she had lost to the scammer.
The victim met a suspected Nigerian fraudster, Benjamin Akugbe, online and fell in love with him. The scammer, who claimed to be Benny Brown from Warri, Delta State, promised her marriage, and requested the sum of $2,000 to enable him join her in United States of America.
After she wired the money to him through Western Union, into an account with the name, Gladys Ikpoba, Sanders came to the sad realisation that she had been duped.
Another American woman, Jolanta Kasza, from New York, also became a victim of a Nigerian scammer. She was fleeced of $64,000 by a suspected Nigerian Fraudster, Ndekwu Jindu (aka Dr. Daniel Coffman) in a romance scam.
Miss Kasza allegedly met Coffman online in June 2012, and the fraudster introduced himself as self-employed white pharmacist. Impressed by the profile, Kasza “fell in love” with both agreeing to get married. As a result, she had lost $64,000 USD to the fraudster.
However, after she petitioned the EFCC, the agency through discreet investigation recovered $23,886.