The profiles included photographs and personal information, to bolster the veil of credibility, so that Obafeni could gain the victim's trust.
According to the charge sheet, the victim started chatting online to a woman claiming to be Joy Dlodlo, on the website
Prosecutor Juan Agulhas alleged that Obafeni promised his victim, Kuo-Sen Liu Hendrika, R16m for financially helping a man living in New Zealand, who wanted to transfer trust money to his daughter Joy Dlodlo in Durban.
Obafeni allegedly created online profiles of wealthy people and groomed vulnerable victims before asking for money for false emergencies.
According to papers filed at the High Court here, suggestions are that the syndicate has operated since 2011 – and that more than R5m has been deposited into five Absa Bank accounts linked to it by women worldwide.
This week the five bank accounts, including one in the name of a Nigerian man believed to be a key figure in the suspected syndicate, were frozen after the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) obtained a preservation order in the High Court.
The Hawks seized five laptops, two of them with profiles of people who have been fraudulently used to scam people online, as well as 12 cellphones.
The suspects, aged between 27 and 38 years, will make their first appearance at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.
Please tell your friends and family members, and react when you see any of the telltale signs I describe below. I am exceptionally lucky to have the dearest friend, who cares about my well-being, and she was suspicious from the very beginning.
She said she met a man on the dating site match.com, who claimed he was originally from the UK, now working in the US.
He identified himself as Art Donegal Ballinamore, and the pair communicated via e-mail. He claimed he was a civil engineer and told her he would be travelling to South Africa for work. On July 28, 2012, Ballinamore sent her an e-mail to say: “I feel quite bad right now.
At all times one must allow one’s instinct to be on high alert, no matter what one’s heart is telling one and how long the soft-soaking ‘program’ may take.
Let me justify this Blogpost on my Blog by saying that I joined the international internet dating site Tinder on the day of the Eat Out Top 10 Restaurant Awards in mid-November.