A 20-year-old internet fraudster, otherwise known as Yahoo boy, in the local parlance, has been convicted over a $150 love scam.
The alleged Yahoo boy was identified as Oke Gideon.
A Kwara state High Court sitting in Ilorin, on Monday, sentenced the convicted Yahoo boy to one-month imprisonment for Internet fraud and romance scam. The trial judge, Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar, said Gideon was convicted and sentenced based on his confessional statement; his guilty plea to the charges and the exhibits tendered against him before the court.
However, in passing sentence, the judge granted him an option of a N50,000 fine. Nevertheless, he ordered the seizure of his iPhone 6 and HP laptop, being the devices used for the crime.
Further, Abdulgafar ordered the forfeiture of the exhibits to the Federal Government.
The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) had arraigned the convict; following intelligence reports on his nefarious activities. EFCC Prosecutor, Mr Sesan Ola, had earlier told the court that the convict was profiled and had offered statements, admitting to the crime.
“In his confessional statement, dated May 6, Gideon admitted that he engaged in dating scams; love scams and other Internet fraud related offences,” he said.
Also, the prosecutor stated that the convict, arraigned on Friday on a two-count charge, had pleaded guilty to the charges; which included acting falsely as Jenna Cherry, a female from Las Vegas, U.S, between August 2020 and September 2020; basically to obtain gifts worth $150 from one Bradley Miller.
Consequently, he had been reported to the authorities who apprehended him after investigations.
The charges he was convicted for constituted an offence punishable under Section 1 (3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other fraud related Offences Act, 2006.
1st News reports that love scams and other forms of internet fraud perpetrated against unsuspecting victims are rife among the youths.