A Nigerian, Vincent Izuchukwu Ezeocha, has been arrested in Louisiana, US for deceiving a victim into releasing the sum of $22,250 online.
The 27-year-old is facing charges of bank fraud, felony theft, and money laundering. His arrest was a joint effort between the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation, Louisiana State Police, and Homeland Security Investigations.
Ezeocha who has been staying illegally in the US after the expiration of his visitor’s visa had contacted the victim under the pretext of being a New Mexico merchant with whom the victim had done business with in the past.
He had arranged for another transaction, using Chicago bank accounts (he has been staying in the region since his visa expired) to transfer the funds to himself. The real New Mexico merchant had previously experienced network issues that had opened his email database to vulnerabilities.