A 33-year-old Nigerian man, Chinaka Chinedu and his 34-year-old Thai wife, Uraporn Kesawatana, have been arrested by the police in Bangkok, for allegedly running an Internet romance scam syndicate where they defrauded marriage seeking women of more than B20 million (about N181 million).
Bangkok Post reports that the Crime Suppression Division nabbed the couple at their home at Phetkasem 77 Road in Nong Khaem district, Bangkok, following a report from immigration police at Survarnabhumi airport that many people showed up at the main airport of Bangkok to bribe police and customs officials and claim parcels containing merchandise and tens of US dollars in cash which actually never existed.
Chinedu was alleged to have picked his female victims on chatting websites, claiming to be a white man who is handsome wealthy. He would them lure the women with promises of love and proposed marriage to them.
After the women accepted the marriage proposal, he would then tell the women that he had some cargoes stuck at the airport and needed money to bribe airport authorities to get the goods, promising to share income earned from the cargoes with them.
His wife would then send bank account numbers to the victims and told them to transfer between $30,000 and $50,000. Once they got the money, the couple would then switch off their phones while Kesawatana would then transferred part of the money to their accomplices in Malaysia.
On interrogation, Kesawatana said the scam went on for a year and they were able to swindle the women of the sum.
The police also discovered that Chinedu’s visa has already expired and was living in the country illegally.