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Nigerian man and his girlfriend arrested for Online fraud in Cambodia

Published by on June 19th, 2019.

Nigerian man and his girlfriend arrested

Phnom Penh Municipal court on Monday charged and detained a Nigerian national and his Cambodia girlfriend for fraud after the couple cheated money out of a victim by using a fake profile.
Major Ly Sopheak, a municipal military police officer, identified the two accused as 31 and 35 years old respectively.
The man who is 31 year old is a Nigerian man named Nwosu Martins and his girlfriend a Cambodian woman, 35 year old named Kan Kalin.
They both lived in a rental house in Chamkar Mon district’s Boeng Tumpon commune.
Major Sopheak added that they were arrested by municipal police last Tuesday in Por Senchey district after they allegedly cheated a 34 year old woman out of nearly $4,000.
Major Sopheak said that they were charged with fraud and face up to three years in prison if convicted.
Major Ly Sopheak said that in February, Mr Martins created a fake profile using the name “Jerry Snow” and pictures of a foreigner before sending a friend request to the victim.
After the victim accept the request, Mr. Martins started talking to her, telling her that he was a US soldier based in Afghanistan and is set to retire in 2020.
The accused further claimed to have millions of US dollars and wanted to buy a Condominium in Phnom Penh, telling her he wanted to send her money so that she could buy the condo on his behalf before he would visit Cambodia next year.
Major Ly Sopheak noted that on 15th of May, Mr. Martins told the victim that he had already sent her the money to buy the condo and told her to contact a transportation company in Siem Reap province to retrieve it.
Major Sopheak added that on June 1st, a Cambodian man who claimed to be the CEO of the so called transportable company, alerted the victim of the so called money sent from abroad and required her to pay $550 as service fee. The victim transferred the requested amount through a Wing Transfer Money Shop.
Major Sopheak noted that on 4th of June, Ms Kalin called the victim, claiming she was a staff at the transportation company and asked her for another $5,300 from the victim as a service fee, citing an excuse that the high fee was due to the large amount of money transferred. The victim negotiated the price down to $3,000 and transferred the money.
Major Sopheak noted that later that day, Mr. Martins called the victim and asked her for $4,700 for tax. The victim finally became suspicious and filed a complaint to municipal military police.
He added that Mr. Martins and Ms Kalin were arrested on 11th of June at about 11:30pm when they traveled on a motorbike to a Wing Transfer money shop in Por Senchey district to retrieve the $4,700 they last requested for.
After their arrest, military police seized their motorbike, $4,700 and five phones from them including the phones used in the crime. 



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