Love scam: Police explain how German lost $220,000 to UNIZIK graduate

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A citizen of Germany (name withheld) who reportedly paid the sum of $220,000, which is (#163,900,000) equivalent to marry an Akwa Ibom Lady, Miss Atuonah Cynthia after the victim thought that he has met the woman of his dream.

Some Nigerians who have reacted to this development attribute it to the fact that the foreigner was deeply in love before getting to know the undergraduate student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK).

TheNewspad gathered that the case has also been reported to the police and the Lady has also been arrested in Lagos State.

A statement from the Police Special Fraud Unit Lagos State, which is connected to the incident partly read, “The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU), Ikoyi, Lagos, has arrested a suspected female fraudster for allegedly defrauding a 50-year-old German nationale of $220,000, to marry him.

The Unit spokesperson, SP Eyitayo Johnson, who confirmed the arrest in a statement on Wednesday,  said the suspect lured the victim on Instagram by allegedly feigning romantic intentions towards him.

According to the statement, “A suspect, and a 2019 graduate of Economics, Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka; who claimed to be a Model and Proprietress of a Massage Spa known as The-Chi-Place, lured the 50-year-old victim on Instagram by feigning romantic intentions towards him, thereby gaining the victims’ trust and goodwill.” 

“Miss Atuonah Chioma promised to marry the victim, invited him to Nigeria for visits on several occasions and convinced him to relocate permanently to Nigeria to live together as husband and wife. 

“In a ploy to dispel suspicion, the victim was made to meet with Atuonah Chiomas’ parents at Ikot-Abasi, Akwa Ibom State where he received their blessings to marry their daughter.

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“The victim was persuaded by the suspect (Miss Atuonah Cynthia) to return to Germany to sell his house in Stuttgart, and forward the proceeds of sale, together with his pension and life savings to her domiciliary account in Bank; for the purpose of purchasing a house in Nigeria where they will both live as husband and wife as well as to establish a joint business outfit as indicated in the bank transfer narration.

“During interview session, the suspect admitted in her statement that the sum of Two Hundred and Twenty Thousand Dollars ($220,000USD) was transferred to her account by the victim. 

“Part of the proceed was used to buy a 2-Bedroom Terrace apartment at Zara Estate, Ikota Villa, Lekki Phase II, while some of the funds was sent to support her mother’s business and to pay medical bills of her father.

The police said, “efforts are ongoing to recover other proceeds of the crime”.  

The police statement however did not give further details in the ongoing police investigation.

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