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Nigerian jailed for orchestrating online romance scam

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HENRY POPE

A NIGERIAN national living in the United States was sentenced to four years in prison last week for operating a money laundering network that defrauded its victims, including several elderly Americans, of at least N$35 million.

Afeez Adebara (36) orchestrated a Nigerian-based romance scam operation from 2017 to 2019, using online dating websites and social media platforms to snare his victims.

According to the US Department of Justice (DOJ), members of Adebara’s criminal conspiracy ring pretended to be Americans working or travelling abroad.

As they developed rapport with their victims, they requested money in increasingly larger sums, claiming the funds were needed to complete business projects or to help them return to the US.

The scam ring laundered the proceeds through several bank accounts, which were opened under false identities using fake passports and other fraudulent documentation.

Before Adebara passed on the account numbers to his…

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