Two Nigerian fraudsters,, Emeka Celestine Eze and Oliver Obiora have been arrested by Thai police in Bangkok on Thursday over Facebook lover scams that targeted gullible Thai women.
Deputy tourist police bureau commissioner, Surachet Hakpal, also known Big Joke in the Thai media, told the press at the police station in the Khao San area of Bangkok that the Nigerian nationals, Eze, 31, and Obiora, 44, pretended to be someone else and conned a Khamphaeng Phet woman a million baht.
After gaining the confidence and love of a woman through regular chats, its alleged that they told their preys that they have sent gifts but money was needed to be transferred to an account to secure their release from customs.
Other victims in the Kamphaeng Phet area are expected to come forward.
Emeka was nabbed with electronic evidence at the Regent Home Condo in Bang Na while his accomplice, Oliver was arrested while attempting to flee the country at Don Meuang airport.
The money obtained was said to have been laundered in the Pratunam area of Bangkok.
They were charged with computer fraud, false pretenses, illegal use of ATM cards and Oliver was additionally charged with overstay.