Fake Jumia Agent Nabbed in Benin, Internet Fraudster Jailed in Ilorin
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has arrested Edoboryi Osaruese Leerees, 23 year-old, a fake Jumia agent in Benin City, Edo State.
Leerees was arrested following a petition by a lady who claimed to have paid him over one million naira (N1,000,000) for the supply of good which she and her friends ordered from his page online but never got the items.
According to the lady, Leerees sent her a message on WhatsApp and told her he was an agent of Jumia and pleaded with her to help him market his products which were on sales at 40% discount.
When the lady saw how attractive the prices were, she and her two friends credited the suspect’s accounts with the sum of One Million Naira ( N1,000,000) and waited for the delivery of their goods. However, days elapsed and the goods were not forthcoming, she then went to Jumia office to make enquiry and discovered that Leerees was not an agent. She petitioned the EFCC after he refused to refund her money.
Leerees modules operandi was to use his social media platforms as an agent ofJumia to advertise goods which are purportedly on promo at cheaper prices. This makes unsuspecting customers to send money into his account for goods which he never delivered.
Investigations revealed that Leerees is an internet fraud suspect who has has defrauded serveral people, including foreign nationals using the names, Vin Diesel and Mark Sinclair, an American.
The suspect has made useful statement and would be changed to court soon.
Court Jails Internet Fraudster Six Months in Ilorin
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin Zonal office on Thursday September 26, 2019 secured the conviction of one Stephen Olarewaju Odanye for offences bordering on attempt to obtain by false pretence.
The convict pleaded guilty to one count of attempted fraud before a Kwara state High Court in Ilorin.
The charge reads, “That you, Stephen Olarewaju Odanye (a.k.a Raymond Sullivan) sometime in September 2019 or thereabout at Ilorin, Kwara State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court attempted to commit an offence of cheating by pretending and presenting yourself to one Lynn Smith, to be a white man, supplier of engineering and construction equipment, living in Washington as contained in your email gmail account: firstname.lastname@example.org and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 95 and 321 of the Penal Code law and punishable under section 322 of the same act”
The Prosecution called one witness, Olamide Sadiq, an operative of the EFCC who narrated to the court, how the defendant was arrested and items recovered from his laptop computer.
In his ruling, the trial Judge held that the prosecution had prove its case beyond reasonable doubt as the evidence of the sole witness was not challenged.
He therefore convicted and sentenced the defendant to six months imprisonment without an option of fine.
Justice Abdulgafar further directed that the convict’s laptop and mobile phones be forfeited to the Federal Government of Nigeria.
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