Seven African men were arrested in Chon Buri province for allegedly duping nearly 100 Thai women of Bt10 million totally in the past five years, Chon Buri police chief Pol Maj-General Nitipong Niamnoi told a press conference yesterday.
The suspects were Nigerians Williams Chinwedunna, 39, Kenneth Ovuegbe, 40, Emmanuel Onyedikachi Iromuanya, 32, Uchechukwu Nwaogu, 30, Mater Ukwugu, 26, and Udoji Fidelis Anaekwe, 31 and one Ghana national Kofi Mensah, 37. They were arrested at a southern Pattaya apartment along with seven computer notebooks, 11 cellphones and three computer tablets. The gang reportedly confessed to the crime.
Nitipong said the suspects allegedly pretended to be white wealthy European men. They wooed the victims via Facebook and online dating, promised to relocate to Thailand and marry them.
They claimed that they had sent them expensive gifts but they didn't pass through Thai Customs hence the victims should help pay the Bt100,000 (S$400) to Bt200,000 in "fees", or they invited the victims to join a high-return business investment.
The men were charged with illegal entry and police was trying to locate the victims to press more charges later, he said, urging their victims to contact the Muang Pattaya Police Station.