Mother Of Four In Police Net For Alleged Scam

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The Police Special Fraud Unit has arrested a mother of four in Benin for alleged internet fraud and cybercrime.

Iyobosa Owen, a professional table tennis player, is accused of creating a fraudulent Facebook account in the name of William Walton and using it to defraud her victims.

According to the police, Ms. Owen connived with one Efe Martin, who is said to reside in South Africa, to obtain €25,000 (about N9 million) from a Belgian woman in a love scam.

“Sometime in February, 2017, Iyobosa told the victim to wire the money from her account in Luxembourg, Belgium, to nominated account in the United States of America,” the police said in a statement.

The money was eventually transferred to Lagos, with Ms. Owen as the ultimate beneficiary, the statement added.

In her confessional statement, the suspect allegedly claimed to have used the money to buy cars and landed property in Benin, Edo State.

“Forensic analysis of her HP laptop yielded several scam documents including the picture of a white male which she used to fraudulently pose herself as William Walton to her female victims,” the police said.

The police added that efforts have been intensified to apprehend Ms. Owen’s fleeing accomplices, and the suspect would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

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