A nigerian,Frank Onyeachonam , 38years old, of Canning Town, east London has been jailed for 8 years in the UK for scam related activities. Mr Frank Onyeachonam, also know as “Fizzy” because of its love for champagne is reported to have dumped people from various part of the world using a bogus lottery scam.
Frank Onyeachonam send victims emails claiming they had won millions of pounds on a non-existent Australian lottery. He asked them to send him money so he could release their winnings.Fourteen victims, mainly from the US but one from Britain, were found to have lost a total of about £900,000″.
He is said to have lived a lavished life in the UK and Nigeria. As well as buying designer outfits and stocking his fridge with £500 bottles of champagne, he bought two homes in his native Nigeria. When police raided his Canary Wharf flat in London, they found notes describing victims as ‘old’, ‘poor’ and ‘cripple’, the Old Bailey heard.
According to BBC
“The scam – known as an “advance fee” fraud – saw Onyeachonam send victims emails claiming they had won millions of pounds on a non-existent Australian lottery. He asked them to send him money so he could release their winnings.
Afterwards, the victims would then become hooked on the scam and made extra payments, which forced several victims to come out of retirement in order to pay back high-interest loans they had taken out to pay him.
Co-defendants Lawrencia Emenyonu, 38, and Bernard Armah, 51, both of Wood Green, north London, were also found guilty of money laundering, and were jailed for 18 months and eight months respectively.”