BANGKOK – Thailand’s Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police arrested the Nigerian man, identified as IFeanyi George Okoronkwo or OJ, at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport on Friday for allegedly luring Thai female victims online for Money.
A group of foreign and Thai suspects, earlier arrested by the Thai police, said that OJ is the head of the transnational scamming syndicate. He tricked victims into believing that he was a doctor from Belgium until they trust him and formed some kind of relationship.
The scamming continued until he told the victims to transfer some money for him to send them valuable gifts, while other members of the gang pretended to be officials from different agencies to collect the money for the process of sending the presents.
According to the Bangkok Post, Police tracked him down after one of the victims lodged a complaint with the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), alleging that Mr Okoronkwo conned her out of 130,000 baht in late 2013.
TCSD’s investigation found that Mr Okoronkwo had deceived at least 30 others over the past five years.
The 2013 victim told police she was contacted by the suspect using a fake name, Mark Hall, via a dating website. The suspect claimed he was a Belgian doctor and used a Caucasian man’s photo on his profile.
They communicated further via email. Mr Okoronkwo then falsely told the victim that he loved her and would fly to live with her in Thailand. The suspect then claimed he sent her valuable objects.
The victim was then contacted by Thais claiming to be shipping agents, saying the shipment had arrived Thailand but that an additional fee was required. She made several cash transfers, but when the shipment never came, she realised she was duped.
Police later found the money was wired to an account in a name of Sirinapha Priktok and was withdrawn by Chatraporn Juthaisong and Chinonso Emmanuel Nandi, who were captured earlier.
Meanwhile, TSCD Commander Police Major General Siripong Timula, warned the public not to easily trust anyone they know through different platforms of online social media.