Nigerian fraudster used a false name Tony Eden to try to extort £10,000 from a British woman before investigators found out he had cheated at least eight other victims
- Osaji Igopunhan, 40, from Nigeria, used pseudonyms to call women
- A trapped woman cheated out of nearly £10,000 over 10 months
- In Southwark Crown Court on Friday, he pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges
- He will be in detention until January 14, 2022 when he is sentenced in the same court
A scammer used a fake name to cheat a trapped British woman out of £10,000 before investigators found out he had defrauded at least eight other victims.
Scam artist, Osaji Igbonohane, 40, originally from Lagos, Nigeria, has used a number of nicknames to connect with women through dating and social media sites.
According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), he cheated one woman out of nearly £10,000.
Investigators said he used the alias Tony Eden when he spoke to the besieged victim last year for 10 months via a dating site.
Aigbonohan persuaded the woman to lend him money so that he could purchase equipment and machinery for his outside business.
According to the NCA, the victim made nine transfers to accounts under pseudonyms.
Eventually, the cash made its way into Aigbonohan’s personal account, used for daily spending.
Scam artist, Osaji Aigbonuhan, 40 (pictured) originally from Lagos, Nigeria, has used a number of nicknames to connect with women through dating and social media
Phone data showed he had received money from at least eight other victims and had spoken to more than 670 people.
The agency said that one of the targeted women was ill, but the fraudster pursued her even after her death.
Officers arrested Aigbonohan in July 2021 and discovered he had a false driver’s license and had no legal right to be in the UK.
He overstayed his visa two years ago.
The fraudster lived in Abbey Wood, London, but spent the money of his many victims throughout London, Manchester and Glasgow.
When officers searched his home, they found shoes that had been purchased with store vouchers that could be attached to one of the victims.
Aigbonohan appeared in Southwark Crown Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges.
The verdict will be pronounced in the same court on January 14, 2022 and he will remain in detention until then.
“Romantic fraud is a particularly cruel crime that affects victims emotionally and financially, with victims often feeling that they are responsible,” said Dominic Maughan, COO of NCA.
Aigbonohan showed complete disregard for the victims in this case and was happy to commit more fraud by moving funds between various fraudulently kept accounts.
He probably contacted more people than we know. If you believe you may be a victim, or may be a victim in a similar situation, we encourage you to report details to Action Fraud.
Aigbonohan appeared in Southwark Crown Court (pictured) on Friday and pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering charges.