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Dubai police arrest 22-yr-old Nigerian for online dating scam

A 22-year-old Nigerian appeared at the Dubai Court of First Instance on Thursday for allegedly luring a victim on a dating app, locking him inside a hotel apartment and gaining unauthorised access to his credit card.

The Nigerian, whose name was not revealed, is said to have opened a social media account in the guise of a girl to deceive the victim who had scheduled a meeting in a flat in the Al Barsha area.

The defendants’ accomplices are said to be at large.

An Emirati policeman told the court that the victim, of Turkish origin, reported the incident after the defendant assaulted him and stole his money.

The officer said the victim was assaulted and threatened.

“I was assaulted by the suspects and they withdraw Dh30,000 from bank account using my bank card and details. They were three men and a woman,” the victim told police, according to Gulf News.

The court ordered that the defendant be remanded in custody and adjourned till July 16 for trial.

Dubai police had last month arrested 12 Nigerians including Ramon Abass, better known as Hushpuppi; and Olalekan Ponle, also known as Woodberry, for internet scams running in millions of dollars.

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