4 Nigerian men in the UK have bagged jail time for duping women in online dating scams.
Monty Emu, Adewunmi Nusi, Emmanuel Oko, and Chukwuka Ugwu all bagged jail times totaling 14 years for dating scams on popular dating site, Match.com.
The conmen used the story of “being due to receive a £100 million inheritance from his father but that it was tied up by red tape in India” to swindle the money, with a particular victim robbed of £174,000. (N46.3 million)
Sentencing the four men, Judge Susan Evans QC said: “This was a highly sophisticated conspiracy to defraud, it preyed on the trusting, the lonely and the emotionally vulnerable. The amount of planning was, in my view, substantial and would have required a highly organized group of individuals.”
“Some of those females that were targeted were utterly taken in by this cruel scam and the sophistication of the crime means it’s unsurprising that some of them were taken in. The hurt and distress you caused them was enormous. It’s not even about the loss of the money being at the forefront of this, it’s about the emotional hurt you caused them.”