Ho Chi Minh City police have issued an arrest warrant against three Nigerian men accused of swindling at least 21 Vietnamese women in an online romance scam.
They are Chikelu Tobechukwu Samson, 33 , Nkwocha Peter Emeka, 45 and Nmoruka Samuel Obumneme, 38.
Investigators said the trio used to rent a house in District 7 and colluded with a Vietnamese woman, identified only as L.
Between mid-2014 and January 2015, more than 10 women across the country reported being victimized by the gangs.
Subsequent investigation found the gang has cheated at least 21 women out of VND1.6 billion (US$71,700).
According to the victims, members of the gang used fake names to contact them via online social networks.
They used a Caucasian man's photo in their profiles to impress the potential victims.
Chikelu Tobechukwu Samson is accused of masterminding the scam that swindled Vietnamese women. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
The scammers would claim they loved the victims and wanted to travel to Vietnam to marry them. They would also say they wanted to send expensive gifts to their victims.
Then, L posed as shipping agents and contacted the women, saying their gifts had arrived in Vietnam but they needed to pay a fee to receive the items from customs.
Victims would then make cash transfers to the gang before finally realizing they had been duped.
Police have arrested two Vietnamese women, Le Dung Tuyen and Tran Thuyen Ly, who leased their bank accounts to the gang.
Ly confessed that she came to know the Nigerian men in 2010, who asked her to open bank accounts for their transactions.
They promised to pay Ly a 10 percent commission.
Ly asked Tuyen to open two accounts at two different banks in Vietnam for the gang.
In August, the Supreme People's Procuracy, the top prosecutors’ office, requested Ho Chi Minh City police to investigate the case.