A Nigerian man has reportedly been arrested in the Philippines for an alleged online scam.
According to The Philippine News Agency [PNA], 27 years old Kingaley (possibly Kingsley) Chisomy Agabi was arrested in an entrapment operation on Monday.
City chief of police, Lt. Col. Vicente Cabatingan, said Agabi – a college graduate – was arrested following a complaint by one 28-year-old housewife, Ico Ricaña Sol, who claimed that she became a victim of online fraud last August 21.
The victim narrated that last August 16, she had received online messages from a certain Pastor Mark Ken, allegedly a marine engineer from Germany, which police later verified to be a scam.
According to Ico, the texter said,
“I win 950 thousand dollars in lotto last week and I saw in news today some poor orphanage, homeless children and those affected by typhoon in your country that need help so I want to donate clothes, polo’s, noodles, chocolates, milk, soap and also 200 thousand dollars.”
She was then encouraged by the suspect to send money through “Smart Padala” from a certain Agent Thompson Mullar, twice in exchange of assorted packages and that the suspect could claim the money at Tonnits Minimart Store Andrea 1 in Barangay Panapaan 6.
The victim said the suspect again demanded on Monday some PHP 10,000, prompting her to coordinate with the Bacoor police and Quick Response Team (QRT) team, who quickly conducted an entrapment operation.
Police also seized from Agabi’s possession a Samsung Laptop and four cellular phones.
The suspect is now under the police custody as pertinent documents are readied for filing in court for swindling (online scam) in violation of Section 6 of Republic Act 10175 or the “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012”.