Nigerian woman jailed over scam
Wed, Mar 25, 2009, New Straits Times.
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA: A man’s wise move to inform the police before meeting a Nigerian woman saved him from falling prey to her scheming.
A week earlier, Buang Md Sayuti, 42, an administrative assistant, received an email saying that he had won US$1 million ($1.5million) in a lucky draw allegedly organised by Microsoft in conjunction with the company’s anniversary celebration in London.
Buang responded to the email and provided his personal information as required.
The following day, on Aug 20 last year, he received another email telling him that he would have to pay processing fees and someone would come to his house with his prize money.
Five days later, he received a call from a woman who claimed her name was Sophia Young. She said he must meet her and pay US$2,750 ($4146) as a fee to release the money from the ‘United Kingdom High Commission’ warehouse.
Buang said he needed three days to pay the fees. Later, the woman sent him an email telling him to bring a copy of his identity card and the email which told him that he won the prize and the fees.
On Aug 27, Buang called Sophia saying that he would meet her at Kuala Lumpur City Centre and pay the fees. He also called the police to inform them about the meeting.
At KLCC, Sophia asked Buang for the fees and documents she had told him to bring. A while later, police arrived and arrested her.
Yesterday, the woman, whose real name is Peace Okotie, 26, a college student, was sentenced to 15 months’ jail after she pleaded guilty of attempting to deceive Buang into believing that she could give him the prize money and inducing him to pay her US$2,750.
She committed the offence at KLCC at 2.45pm on Aug 27, last year.
Magistrate Siti Shakirah Mohtarudin also sentenced her to four months’ jail for overstaying.
Earlier in mitigation, counsel B. Renuka pleaded for leniency as the accused came from a poor family.
Deputy public prosecutor Azimul Azami Mohd Nor submitted that as a college student, Okotie should be aware of the consequences of her actions.
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And who said what a man can do, a woman can’t do? Unfortunately students have joined the 419 village. Its unfortunate. Worse, her name is Peace.