8th November, 2010
A lonely British woman, who fell in love with a Nigerian man she met on theÂ internet, has been duped of Â£40, 000 (about N10 million), British newspapers haveÂ reported.
Fifty-four year old Coroline Gates-Fleming met Stephen Ehiamhen, a Nigerian, on aÂ website called Match.com and immediately fell in love with him.
However, after some love letters, Ehiamhen suggested to Caroline to invest about N10Â million in oil bunkering in the Niger Delta where he could make up to Â£1.5 millionÂ in return. She will be given part of the returns on investment.
She agreed and it tuned out to be a scam.
Caroline said that Ehiamhen first advertised on the site as Sabastine Roland. HeÂ used a fake picture and posed as a Greek and claimed to be an entrepreneur inÂ Nigeria.
â€œHe was vague about his age,â€ she said. â€œFirst it was 47, then 37. He told me thatÂ when he applied for a visa to travel to South Africa, he had been advised to say 27Â so that he could make out he was a student going to the World Cup,â€ Caroline said.
â€œAfter two emails, he phoned. I knew the moment I heard him that he wasnâ€™t Greek.â€™
In fact, while â€˜Sabâ€™sâ€™ English was limited, he most certainly did not speak theÂ language of Sophocles, preferring a version of pidgin laced with dialect and slangÂ that is widely spoken in Nigeria,â€ she said.
They then arranged to meet in Johannesburg, South Africa. â€œWe had breakfast in theÂ airport, then went to a hotel. I gave him presents. He cried. I showered. We talked.Â â€œGod, youâ€™re so beautiful,â€ he kept saying. â€œYou only look 30.â€
Ehiamhen has not yet been arrested.