|A picture of Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan and a Nigerian man who cheated Vietnamese women through a series of online romance scams. — Photo cand.com.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The HCM City police are hunting for three Nigerian men who allegedly cheated a number of Vietnamese women of over VND1.6 billion (US$72,000) through a series of online romance scams.
Chikelu Tobechukwu Samson, 33, Nkwocha Peter Emeka, 45, and Nmoruka Samuel Obumneme, 39, claimed to be in love with Vietnamese women they made friends with on the Internet.
They promised to send the women valuable gifts and asked them to pay a sum of money for shipment, tax and other kinds of fees to their accomplices who impersonated as bank officers or shipment officials.
The three suspects used to live in HCM City's District 7.
At least 21 women have been swindled of more than VND1.6 billion ($72,000).
Investigations revealed that the group had worked with Le Dung Tuyen, 28, Tran Thuyen Ly, and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan to create bank accounts for the victims to transfer their money.
Ly and Tuyen have been arrested. Police are hunting for the woman. — VNS