A Nigerian, Emmanuel Jack, a former student at the University of Salford conned six women out of £186,000 through dating websites.
In a move closely resembling what we Nigerians call ‘Yahoo yahoo’, Jack used various aliases including John Creed, John Windsor and Johnnie Carlo Rissi to lure his victims into transferring huge sums of money to him after befriending them on Dating websites.
According to The Mirror, Emmanuel targeted and exploited vulnerable and lonely women from across the globe and two of his victims are said to be British.
The paper further reports:
“The first victim met a man who claimed to be John Creed – a self-employed architect and building contractor on a dating website in August 2011 when she was aged 61.
The pair exchanged e-mails over several days before Creed began expressing his love.
He then claimed to have two contracts: one for log homes in Shropshire and the other for the renovation of flats in Sweden and sent her his contract allegedly worth £950,000.
He told her his feelings were “too strong to ignore” before asking for £1,500 to help pay for supplies for his project. She agreed to transfer some funds to the account.
At the same time another woman who was aged 52 at the time and who was vulnerable, began chatting with a man over the same website.
The man claimed to be living in Spain and working as an architect and building contractor.
After a couple of weeks he again asked for £1,500 to repair damaged machinery and cash to pay tax bills and money to pay his workers.
The woman took out a loan and paid the money to accounts that resulted in the money being transferred to Jack’s account.”
These events led to the launch of an investigation by fraud officers from Greater Manchester Police. A Detective at Greater Manchester Police claims that although they cannot prove that Jack was the person communicating with these women, they have been able to trace an amount of up to £277, 000 being transferred through his accounts.
Emmanuel Jack admitted 11 counts of money laundering totaling £186,000 and possession of articles for use in fraud at Manchester Crown Court and has now been jailed for 3 years.