Pattaya Police busted an alleged Nigerian romance scammer in Pattaya. The suspect had defrauded several Thai women to the tune of 300,000 baht in damages, according to police.
The Nigerian man, only identified as Ndubuisi, 34, was arrested while exiting his village in Pattaya. The police said the man was wanted for several charges including 1) defrauding people by pretending to be someone else, 2) inputting false information into a computer system, 3) being part of a criminal gang, and 4) money laundering.
Ndubuisi disguised himself as someone else on Facebook and tricked Thai women into loving him, police said. He lied to the victims that he would send pricey items to the victims as engagement gifts and then had his Thai accomplice who pretended to be a customs officer contact the victims, saying they needed to pay a duty tax fee to receive their gifts.
Once the victims transferred the money, the suspect took it and disappeared. He also promised the women he scammed that he would relocate to Thailand to marry them, but surely, he never did.
Many Thai women fell victim and filed police reports. The investigators began searching for Ndubuisi and finally learned that he fled to Pattaya. Law enforcement officers from several units worked together to apprehend the man after confirming his location. The officers then transported him to the Bang Sao Thong Police Station in Samut Prakan province where his arrest warrant was issued.
The Nigerian man caused damages of over 300,000 baht, said police. The authorities are expanding their investigation to arrest his accomplice who disguised themselves as a customs officer.
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