Craigslist conman jailed
Asekomhe, who was studying at Bolton University, admitted conspiracy to defraud and was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court. Sunday Asekomhe, 26, was part of a gang of Nigerian conmen who used classified stockort the Craigslist website to target victims in the United States.
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The scam was exposed when officers raided Asekomhe's flat in Velour Close, Salford, and stockporr forged paperwork, computers and a typewriter. A SOCA investigator said: "To find every victim across America would have taken dozens of officers and several years work. The other gang members have not been caught.
They would then be contacted again, told a 'mistake' had been made and asked to send the overpayment back to Britain through Western Union. Officers stockporg the Serious Organised Crime Agency were not able to discover the of victims but believe the gang may have got away with millions of pounds.
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The fraudsters answered adverts and then used forged paperwork to swindle advertisers out of thousands of dollars each. But the victim would get a forged cheque made out for thousands of dollars more than the agreed figure.
Young gay men have also been targeted in some adverts. Three computers used in the fraud were found and instructions sent by some of the gang to other members.
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Some adverts specifically targeted vulnerable people. But other, less explicit adverts have been up for more than a month.
Adverts were found for properties in 38 different UK towns and cities, the majority of which were in London. However eight per cent were based in Greater Manchester - the second largest concentration.
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N has contacted Craigslist for comment. The M. Earlier this year Craigslist closed its dating section in the US following a new bill against sex trafficking. Officials admitted they had no idea of the true extent of the scam. They would then be sent s by gang members, and a fee for a threesome with wife and initial rent payment would be agreed.
Scam Stockporg Anthony Hammond recommended that Asekomhe, who came to Britain when he was 23, should be deported to Nigeria when he has finished his jail term.
Detectives examined the typewriter ribbon and could see the imprinted names, addresses and other details of victims. When officers raided Asekomhe's flat they found forged blank cashier cheques.