N400M Scam: ‘Yahoo Boy’ Gets 12 Years Imprisonment
A Vietnamese court has sentenced a Nigerian, Mr. Oshanugor James Anyasi, 35, to 12 years in prison for allegedly conniving with three others to dupe 10 women, many who are Vietnamese of N400 million after promising them fake love and business. Anyasi was found guilty of a two count charges of fraud and cyber crime by a Hanoi Court.
According to the report, Anyasi and three others had hooked up with the women online sometimes in September 2012, pretending to be their lovers and business associates and then promising them expensive gifts, while faking phone calls and e-mails from customs and shipping agencies to ask them to transfer shipping fees to certain accounts.
Investigations revealed that the gang had defrauded the ten women of some huge amounts of money in separate interactions before they realized they had been duped. Of the money stolen from the women, Anyasi got 15 per cent by playing the role of an English businessman and chatting with the women, while their female accomplice got 10 per cent, and the other two, who are reportedly based in Malaysia, got 75 per cent.
One of the victims who lives in Nha Trang, Central Vietnam, ignorantly paid a fee of VND 100 million with the hope of receiving in return, VND 10 billion which Anyasi had promised he was transferring to Vietnam to buy a land in the resort town but failed to deliver.
Another victim, a Ho Chi Minh City woman was promised an iPhone, a wedding ring and 10,000 pounds but was asked to first pay VND12 million which she ignorantly did.
Also, a Southern Vietnames woman who was equally duped was asked by the gang to pay a shipping fee of 21 million Vietnam dong for the shipment of some goods to her. She later discovered that she had been duped when, after paying the purported shipment fee, she got another e-mail requesting her to pay another VND46 million.
Meanwhile, the reports equally stated that Anyasi was in February 2012 arrested waiting to board a flight to Cambodia over a fraud case in which he stole $12,000 by hacking into the e-mails of some staff of a Vietnames company and asking them to transfer the money.