A 72-year-old Dutch woman has lost €200,000 (about N40.6 million) to a 31-year-old ‘Yahoo Boy’ in an internet love scam.
The victim, identified simply as Jeanet De Jonge, said she fell victim to the scam after she met Adio Opeyemi Michael(pictured) on Netlog, a dating site and he pretended to be a 41-year-old American citizen working as a chef in a Nigerian restaurant.
Speaking through the spokesman for the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the septuagenarian said she accepted Adio’s friend request because he made her to believe he was looking for a wife.
Jeanet admitted she became smitten with the alleged Internet suitor who was always saying good things to her. In return for his purported love she was acceding to his requests for money.
She said Adio who hails from Owu in Ogun State promised to travel down to Holland to visit her and in the process collected various sums of money from her but he never turned up.
However, his failure to honour the invitation from Jeanet prompted her to write a petition to the EFCC.
The suspect in his confessional statement admitted to the crime, and according to him: “She was sending me money monthly, ranging from $800 to $900 from June 2012, through Western Union Money transfer and Money Gram to the extent that Western Union blocked her access.
“So, she requested that I should go to London to enable her send more money there. I contacted a friend in London called Osas Odiah, who was supposed to receive the money and dispatch same to me in Nigeria.
“She first sent €2,000 to my friend’s account in London and he didn’t remit the money to me. I later opened a Keystone Bank Forex Trade account through which she sent me money.”