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Dramatic moment Nigerian romance scamming lothario is arrested after telling Aussie woman he was a US soldier and conning her out of $300,000

Ben Hill for Daily Mail Australia - 19-01-10
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  • Lying lothario has been arrested after telling Australian woman he was a soldier
  • The 32-year-old is actually from Durack, in Brisbane, and was arrested Thursday
  • He started an online relationship with a 34-year-old Brisbane woman in October
  • The man allegedly swindled more than $300,000 from the woman before arrest

A lying lothario has been arrested after telling an Australian woman he was a United States soldier and conning her out of $300,000.

The 32-year-old Nigerian is actually from Durack, an outer suburb of Brisbane, and he was arrested in a dramatic scene while trying to extract more money out of his victim, a 34-year-old Brisbane woman.

She befriended the man through social media in October and over the next few months they developed an online romantic relationship.

He told her he had been deployed to Syria and shared with her wild stories of war, while living down the road in Brisbane.

'The US Army Criminal Investigation Command receives hundreds of complaints a month from people who find themselves involved in an online relationship with someone purporting to be a US soldier,' Detective Superintendent Lawrence said.

'This is a common scam worldwide. Usually the offender's interaction with the victim is all online so this further step of travelling to the victim's home is certainly something we need the public to hear and be warned of today.

'I encourage anyone using social media platforms to develop friendships or relationships online to maintain control at all times. I know emotions may make that harder but arm yourself with the knowledge that these scams are occurring to everyday members of the community like you.

'Take the time to evaluate the relationship, talk to friends and other loved ones about your new relationship online. We are thankful the victim in this instance took this step,' he said.


 

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