Chigemezu Arikibe, a 19 year old – teenager and an internet fraudster has been arrested by officers of the Inspector General of police special intelligence response team (IRT) in Imo state.
He was arrested for defrauding a Cambodian woman the total sum of $75,000. Vanguard reliably gathered that the suspect Akiribe, opened an Instagram and Facebook account, using fake names and pictures of an American pilot.
Akiribe met his victim Sophanmia on an online dating site, approached and lied to her that he was a pilot working for a British airline.
After having numerous discussions with the victim, he offered to send her luxury and expensive gift items from America. He also offered to send her the sum of $500,000 which he told her would be used to invest in businesses and real estate in Cambodia.
Reliable sources within the police force disclosed to vanguard that the suspect informed the victim on how he would send the gift items and money through courier and also told her of the fees that would be paid before it could be cleared.
The source further revealed that a courier agency from Indonesia contacted the victim, and she was made to pay the sum of $800 for delivery.
She was also made to pay the sum of $75,000 which she approached a bank for a loan for and still didn’t get the gifts she was promised.
The reality that she had been defrauded finally dawned on her, when she discovered that she was being called from Nigeria. She contacted the Nigerian embassy in Cambodia, the Nigerian mission swing into action, listened to the victim and analysed the data and evidences she presented and immediately alerted the Inspector General of police.
The police boss instructed his IRT team to track and fish out the Suspect.
He was eventually traced to his base in Mbaitoli area of Imo state where he was arrested. The suspect was arrested with the phone and sim he used in defrauding the victim. When his phone was searched, the officers saw chats and messages between the suspect and his victim.