Wicked Nigerian scammer fleeces divorcee of $300,000

A 66-year-old American woman looking for love online ended up with a broken heart and a depleted bank account when she lost $300,000 to a fake Nigerian suitor on a Christian dating site.

The San Jose divorcee met the Nigerian on ChristianMingle.com falsely claiming to be an Irish citizen ‘David Holmes’, according to the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office.

‘Holmes’ said he worked on a Scottish oil rig, and his profile picture turned out to be a picture of a male model downloaded from the internet.

The two never met in person, but talked over the phone and ‘Holmes’ even sent the woman flowers.

Eventually he convinced her to loan him $300,000 for his oil business – funds she supplied from her retirement account. To come up with the money, the woman had to dip into her retirement account and refinance her house.

website of ChristianMingle.com

After wiring him an additional $200,000 to a bank in Turkey, the woman got suspicious and informed the DA’s office.

Cherie Bourland of the fraud unit called the bank in Turkey and was successfully able to freeze the funds before Holmes’ associate Wisdom Onokpite showed up to withdraw the money, according to CBS San Francisco.

Onokpite was arrested by the Turkish National Police on suspicion of committing fraud.

The DA’s office traced ‘Holmes’ to Nigeria, but he remains free.

While the woman was able to get her $200,000 back, Ms Bourland says there’s just a ‘1 per cent’ chance she’ll recover the over $300,000 because ‘it’s just impossible to track down’ and federal authorities won’t investigate losses below $1million.

Ms Bourland says reports of lost money on dating sites has been on the rise, especially among the elderly since ‘studies show the ability to make financial decisions is the first to be affected by aging.’
‘You get the love drug in you and you end up getting duped,’ she told the San Jose Mercury News.

Dating site ChristianMingle.com’s slogan is “Find God’s Match for You.” But the match the San Jose divorcee found was anything but holy.

.Reported by Mail Online and San Jose Mercury News

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    • How is that your business.. You dirty yoruba smelling ass people. who is talking about tribe here. No worry, niger go soon separate and na grass una go eat.. what is wrong with this misroad people for christ sake. as una spoil nigeria, e never do. bastards.. stinking tribalistic bastards who do not forbid anything in their lives. You people should be thanking the igbo's for opening your eyes.. stupid things.. Habbah.. You all will die recklessly.. Am in abj right now and i haven't gone to my town but the moment i go there and i see anything called yoruba, oh my God, well, una go hear am for news nah.. no wahala and i swear it with my gfather's grave. bastards.

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  • At the age of 66 years this old woman is still looking for love. What a crazy love is this. Where is her former husband? and how many children did they had? I think she was very lucky to have received part of her money. However, they thought Nigerians of this fraud.

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  • I wonder what love does a 66 years old woman could be looking for at her age.she should be able to find love in her home country instead of unseen lover.this is a great lesson for who ever in her shoes to think twice before parting with their money.

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