A Nigerian man has reportedly been arrested in Tokyo, Japan for allegedly swindling a Japanese of three million yen [about N10,276,763.70].
Tokyo Metropolitan Police said the 36-year-old Nigerian allegedly perpetrated the fraud earlier this year.
TBS News said in April and May, the Nigerian suspect, allegedly defrauded the Japanese, in his 50s, using inheritance scam.
The suspect denies the allegations, telling police he collected the “money to buy a car on behalf of an acquaintance.”
In carrying out the ruse, the suspect posed as an employee of a foreign bank in calling the victim on the telephone. “You can legally collect 400 million yen($3.8million) in an inheritance from a Japanese person with your same surname who died in Libya,” he falsely told the victim.
The unsuspecting victim then sent the money to the bank account of the suspect to cover the preparation of documents necessary to receive the claimed inheritance.