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Singapore charges Nigerian men over internet love scam

AFP  |  Singapore 

Two Nigerian men believed to be members of an were charged in on Tuesday with recruiting local women to collect money for them, police said.

Such scams, where victims part with cash after a fraudster feigns romantic interest in them, are a growing concern in the city-state with police reporting 660 cases last year.

The Nigerians - identified in local reports as Oladayo Opeyemi Awolola, 34, and Gbolahan Ayobami Awolola, 37 - were arrested by Malaysian authorities in last month and sent to on Monday.

The men allegedly recruited two Singaporean women "as money mules to receive criminal proceeds linked to in Singapore" between 2017 and 2018, according to a police statement.

The women received USD 63,000 during that period and turned the money over to syndicate members in Malaysia, police said.

The Nigerians could be jailed for up to five years each and fined if convicted.

It is the first time that suspects based overseas and involved in have been arrested and sent to for prosecution, police said.

Most of the reported last year in the city-state involved fraudsters claiming to have sent parcels containing luxury items or money.

Their local accomplices would call the "recipients" and claim the parcels were being held by the authorities for inspection, and would only be released if they transferred money to a

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 15:56 IST