Father , Teenager, arrested for N1.2m ‘fraud’

The police in Lagos have arrested a 19-year-old boy and his father for allegedly defrauding a businessman of N1.2million under the guise of selling Bitcoins to them.

The suspects, Emmanuel Amadi and his father, John, were trailed to Iyana Ishashi on Wednesday by operatives attached to the Area ‘F’ Command, following a petition by the victim, Obinna Ekemezie.

It was gathered that the teenager had met Ekemezie on a social networking site, Facebook, last month where they became friends and he told the victim that he was into foreign exchange (FOREX) business and was looking for buyers.

Ekemezie, who claimed to be into forex and had his businesses in Enugu and Lagos, developed interest in a proposed deal and agreed to send the agreed amount of N1.2million to the teenager’s bank account.

Upon receipt of the money, Amadi allegedly blocked the victim on his social media platforms they usually communicated through, as well as mobile calls.

Disturbed by the development, the victim, it was learnt, petitioned the police and supplied them the suspect’s telephone numbers, which they had used in communicating.

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“The phone numbers 0814369123 and 07053248619 were later tracked to somewhere in Iyana Isashi, Lagos, on August 21. His father was arrested because the suspect said he collected N500,000 of the money.

“The suspect is a serial cybercrime fraudster who has been duping some naive businessmen. He exploits their desire to get forex at low rates from him. Investigation shows that he has done a similar thing to unsuspecting businessmen,” a source said.

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