Vietnamese police are investigating yet another love scam in which an alleged Nigerian man posed as American men on Facebook to steal the hearts of at least 12 women, and a lot of their money.
Police in Quang Ngai Province in central Vietnam said the victims, who come from the province, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and several other southern provinces, have sent nearly US$90,000 of “customs fees” to receive expensive gifts.
The Nigerian suspect has not been arrested. Local media reported that the man committed the crime with the help of five Vietnamese women.
The man approached the Quang Ngai victim in late July, introducing himself as Alfred Bailey, an American businessman based in Scotland, who is looking for love because his wife has died.
He expressed his love after three weeks and said he’s going to Vietnam to visit her soon.
He promised to send her perfume, a cell phone, a laptop and 5,500 pounds before the visit.
On August 5, she received a phone call from a Vietnamese woman in Malaysia, saying she’s an agent from the shipping firm. The woman asked the victim to pay $550 demanded by customs officials.
The next morning, the woman in Malaysia called again saying the customs found cash in the shipment and demanded more money, so she transferred another $1,200.
But she never received her gifts.
She reported to police after she could not contact her “lover.”
The love scam is one of many busted in Vietnam recently.
A Ho Chi Minh City court in late September sentenced a South African man to seven years in jail in a similar scam that cheated a local woman out of $9,000.
Another in Hanoi gave a Nigerian man 12 years for his role in a $17,800 case.