SRI LANKA – Nigerian Yahoo Boy Held For FB Scam Of Woman (Photo). A Nigerian National, Benson David (22), has been apprehended and held without bail in Malabe, for befriending a married woman in Sri Lanka over Facebook and later scamming her into giving him Rs 4.3 million. Malabe is a suburb of Colombo in the Colombo District of Sri Lanka.
Our sources revealed that the married woman, who was from Badulla which is 204km from Malabe, had been seduced by the suspect over Facebook. As is typical with “yahoo boys” that perpetuate the advance fee fraud scam commonly known as 419 scam, he had allegedly promised to give her valuable presents after showing her photos of gold jewelry and other valuables (worth millions of dollars) and had won her heart. The suspect had then informed the gullible woman that in order to release the parcels containing these valuables, a customs duty amounting to Rs4,360, 000 needed to be deposited to three accounts. The woman had readily agreed and deposited the money.
The suspect is a student at a reputed private institute of higher studies in Malabe. The complainant woman (38) is the mother of one and her husband is employed abroad. Her husband had been remitting about Rs 100,000 every month to her while he was abroad. She had practically emptied her family finances without the knowledge of her husband before she realized she had been scammed and reported to authorities.
At the time of the arrest the suspect had a total of Rs1.8 million in his bank account. He was produced before the Passara Magistrate Court yesterday, Feb 9th, and is being held without bail on the orders of Magistrate Rasanjana Jayasekera.