A New Zealand woman who was looking for love online has reportedly been conned out of more than $250,000 by a Nigerian scam artist.
The two people allegedly met online before the Nigerian man, identified by local media as Akintunde Vincent Abiodun, charmed the woman.
The alleged conman convinced his victim to send him more than $243,668, by reassuring her he would repay the money from a large fortune he amassed from a family heirloom worth more than $16 million.
The woman believed the money she loaned Abiodun would be used by him to relocate to New Zealand, where the two would settle down together.
The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is investigating Abiodun, and he is set to be arraigned once the investigation is complete, local press has reported.
“She alleged that the money she sent to the suspect were received in Malaysia and Nigeria by persons bearing Norisha, Jalan Klan, and Mohammed Haizam Bin Fauzin – All of them claimed to be friends of Akintund,’ EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said, according to Nigerian media.
went by an English alias of Christopher Williams.