Nigerian Man Jailed For 8yrs In The UK For Scamming Pensioners With Fake Lottery

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at 3-07-2014 10:16PM (5 years ago)

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Found this report on UK's Daily Mail about a Nigerian man named Frank Onyeachonam, who has been jailed for eight years in the UK for running a lottery scam which targeted vulnerable pensioners, stole from $3,000 to $800,000 and spent the money to fund his lavish lifestyle. Full story below..
A fraudster nicknamed 'Fizzy' because of his love of champagne has been jailed for eight years for conning vulnerable pensioners out of their life savings.
Frank Onyeachonam ran the UK end of global lottery scam that was orchestrated from his native Nigeria for seven years to fund his lavish millionaire’s lifestyle.
It involved hundreds of perpetrators in several countries, detectives say.
In the UK, 38-year-old Onyeachonam conned pensioners out of sums from £2,000 to £600,000, deliberately targeting his victims because they were potentially vulnerable to his tactics.

While he bled them of their life savings, Onyeachonam enjoyed a life of fast cars, champagne and designer clothes.

Pictures he posted on Facebook show he spent the cash on Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Armani designer clothes, Rolex watches, Porsches and Maseratis.

He even stuck wads of what look like £50 notes in his Buzz Lightyear toy.
Onyeachonam, of Canning Town, east London, was found guilty at the Old Bailey of conspiracy to defraud following a three-week trial.

Lawrencia Emenyonu, 38, and Bernard Armah, 51, both of Wood Green, north London, were also found guilty of money laundering. All three denied the charges.
Emenyonu was jailed for 18 months while her partner Armah received an eight-month term.
Judge Rebecca Poulet QC, said there had been 'some very serious outcomes' for the victims caught up in the scam.

She told married father-of-two Onyeachonam: 'I judge your culpability to be very high. This was a very well thought out operation, sophisticated in both its planning and its operation.
'Mr Onyeachonam, you targeted these individuals because they were elderly and likely to agree and be tricked by this scam.'

This was demonstrated in the fraudster’s own notes in which he described them as 'crippled, old or poor', she said.

The harm that was caused to these people could not just be calculated in financial terms but also on the 'dreadful impact ' on their lives, mental capacity and relationships with loved-ones.

The judge went on: 'You contested the case in the face of powerful evidence. You demonstrated the arrogance that you must have carried with you throughout this fraud by continuing after you knew that the police had raided your premises.'
The ruse - known as an 'advance fee' fraud - saw Onyeachonam send victims emails claiming they had won millions of pounds on a non-existent Australian lottery and requesting a charge to release their winnings

Investigators traced 14 victims - mainly from the U.S. but including one from Britain - who were defrauded of a total of around £900,000.

But detectives believe this is the 'tip of the iceberg' with evidence suggesting there may have been as many as 400 victims and the sum may be as high as £30 million.

Onyeachonam was seen as the key figure in the UK but police suspect a criminal network was in place in several countries around the world. Authorities found an alleged co-conspirator abroad had an email containing the details of more than 100,000 potential victims.

The defendant was thought to have started working on the scam almost immediately after he arrived in the UK from Nigeria in 2005, and was said to have carried on into 2012 while he was on bail following his arrest the year before.

His crimes were uncovered in a three-year operation led by the National Crime Agency with assistance from the Postal Inspection Service and Internal Revenue Service in the US.

When they raided his luxury apartment in Canary Wharf police discovered an 'Aladdin’s cave' of evidence pointing to an advanced fee scam.

Among 200 exhibits were notebooks containing the names, addresses, cash tallies and other personal details relating to 406 people. Police estimate that the fraud is likely to have run to at least £5 million and possibly as high as £30 million if all those in the notebooks suffered losses.

Steve Brown, senior officer in the NCA’s cyber crime unit, said the majority of Onyeachonam’s victims were from America.
He is thought to have selected his targets from a database known among fraudsters as a 'suckers list', which includes people who are believed to be susceptible to the tactics.

Mr Brown said: 'Victims were sent an email from an alias used by Onyeachonam saying they had won an Australian lottery. They would be directed to ring him and he would say ‘if you send me money I will then release your lottery funds’.'
The lottery ‘winnings’ ranged from £2 million to £9 million and once they sent on cash victims were 'hooked' into the 'unrelenting' scam, he said.

He added: 'Once they’ve got their claws into someone they won’t stop. As long as they keep sending them money they will keep going until there’s nothing left.'

Using the alias Dr Jeff Lloyds, Onyeachonam built up a rapport with his victims and continued extracting money from some for as long as seven years.

In order to make the required payments several victims took out high interest loans, forcing them to come out of retirement to repay the debts.

Some of those exploited by Onyeachonam suffered the added trauma of falling under suspicion themselves as they were used as 'pawns' in the criminal network to launder the proceeds of the fraud by sending on money from other victims or setting up business accounts.

Mr Brown said the scam had made a 'mental wreck' of victims, 'hammering' their life’s savings, forcing them to lose their homes and leaving them isolated from their friends and families.

Emails showed victims pleaded with Onyeachonam to send them money to pay for healthcare, while some died before he could be brought to justice.
The British victim was left with debts of £90,000 and was forced to sell her home, move into rented accommodation and return to work in an attempt to stave off bankruptcy.

An American victim lost her dream home and she no longer speaks to her sister or friend.

She described how the scam made her feel like she had been 'raped over and over again'.

While he left a trail of destitution and devastation in his wake, Onyeachonam enjoyed the high life from the fruits of his deception.

Mr Brown said he lived a 'cash rich' lifestyle, earning the nickname 'Fizzy' for his taste for expensive champagne. Photographs show him surrounded by cash and bubbly in nightclubs.

His car collection included Porsches and Maseratis while his Thames-side flat was full of luxury brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton when it was searched by police.

Onyeachonam was the key figure as far as the 'UK nexus' was concerned but detectives believe this was part of an international enterprise.

The alleged mastermind or 'chairman' of the network is based in Nigerian capital Lagos and he is currently under investigation by authorities there.

Asked how many people were working on the global scam, Mr Brown said: 'Name a country and there seems to be a connection. It’s been almost impossible for us to track everybody down. They’ve all got responsibility for their own country.'

The prosecution has moved for a confiscation hearing for Onyeachonam.

smartiyke at 3-07-2014 10:41PM (5 years ago)
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Aha, now he gets to toss salad in jail for eight year, (suck d.ick).  Uh, good for him.
Shakiah2000 at 3-07-2014 10:42PM (5 years ago)
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Ur cup don full
smartiyke at 3-07-2014 10:42PM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: smartiyke on  3-07-2014 10:41PM
Aha, now he gets to toss salad in jail for eight year, (suck d.ick).  Uh, good for him.

eight years that is
Bankable at 3-07-2014 10:47PM (5 years ago)
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Things we do for money... Bro. You made enough, you should have stopped but you let greed take over you. Let me have that Porsche in Nigeria.  
chicco77 at 3-07-2014 11:14PM (5 years ago)
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obhiseh at 3-07-2014 11:19PM (5 years ago)
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osamabinladin at 3-07-2014 11:22PM (5 years ago)
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Good for him !
DMG17 at 3-07-2014 11:22PM (5 years ago)
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beneno at 3-07-2014 11:22PM (5 years ago)
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kwenu  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
chicent2k3 at 3-07-2014 11:46PM (5 years ago)
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Nigerians and scam, must u be caught? Of u must do it, do it well....if not O.Y.O. is ur case. Huh?
gmarley at 3-07-2014 11:50PM (5 years ago)
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 Cool Cool Cool Cool
EmekaBlue at 3-07-2014 11:54PM (5 years ago)
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I hope u hide most of d cash well..Bro no worry 8years no too long..U just serving ur punishment after so much enjoyment..Ogadimma
Tayelolu1 at 4-07-2014 12:17AM (5 years ago)
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life goes on
papadip at 4-07-2014 01:26AM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: smartiyke on  3-07-2014 10:41PM
Aha, now he gets to toss salad in jail for eight years, (suck d.ick).  Uh, good for him.
Yes... Ooooh...!!! ...he is going to suck DICK and get DICKED in the Ass too....

He is a doctor (Fake or Real) I am sure he’ll manage well
….with Vaseline …great for “Body, Soul & Ass
….those inmates will fucck his ass out being a fine boy
....he'll survive it.
dollar22 at 4-07-2014 03:06AM (5 years ago)
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Quote from: Bankable on  3-07-2014 10:47PM
Things we do for money... Bro. You made enough, you should have stopped but you let greed take over you. Let me have that Porsche in Nigeria.  

I tire oo
Y-ON at 4-07-2014 03:12AM (5 years ago)
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This is very good because they are the People painting the image of Nigerians in the quest of getting rich quick. Others like, learn a lesson because you can never make Heaven through that Means, this is very annoying. Angry Angry Angry Angry Angry
poss4love at 4-07-2014 06:13AM (5 years ago)
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Vanity upon vanity,  all is vanity ..    Rot in jail
Freshlycrazy at 4-07-2014 07:21AM (5 years ago)
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after d 8 yrs he'll still scam again if he doesn't even do it from jail...  greed never dies
mensch at 4-07-2014 07:44AM (5 years ago)
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back to zero, they will take everything from him, it is good so
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