The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos, has arrested one Miss Cynthia Atuonah, 21, over a romance scam in which she allegedly duped a German of 220,000 dollars (N101 million)
Spokesperson of the police fraud unit, SP Eyitayo Johnson, stated in Lagos on Wednesday that the suspect, who claimed to be a model and owner of a massage spa known as “The-Chi-Place’’, lured the victim on Instagram.
The suspect, a 2019 graduate of Economics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, lured the 50-year-old victim on Instagram by feigning romantic intentions towards him, thereby gaining the victim’s trust and goodwill.
“She promised to marry the victim; invited him to Nigeria for visits on several occasions and convinced him to emigrate to Nigeria so they could live together as husband and wife.
“In a ploy to dispel suspicion, the victim was made to meet with Atuonah’s parents at Ikot-Abasi, Akwa Ibom, where he received their blessings to marry the suspect.