Private investigator shares how romance scams work

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Cape Town – Following the arrest of alleged leaders of a large transnational Nigerian syndicate called the Black Axe in early morning raids in Cape Town on Tuesday, a private investigator has shared how romance scams work.

John Alexander, a private investigator from Royal Investigations has for years been hired by victims to investigate these crimes. He said during the pandemic, the scammers upped their game.

“We noticed during the pandemic the romance scammers had to deviate from their usual ’script’ or storyline, they could no longer make victims believe that they are travelling for business, due to lockdown. However, we heard bizarre stories such as one who was claiming to be trapped on an oil rig and unable to set foot on land, claiming that their food supply had diminished and they are now paying as much as $300 for a loaf of bread. This was how their story evolved and how they managed to adapt to the pandemic,” he said.

Eight Nigerian nationals which include six leaders of the group aged between 33 to 52 were arrested for Internet scams, money laundering and international-wide scale financial fraud in Cape Town in a joint operation by the FBI, United States Secret Service(USSS), Interpol and with assistance from the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation Unit, Crime Intelligence(CI), K9, National Intervention Unit, Special Task Force (STF), Tactical Operations Management Section (Toms), Criminal Record Centre and Cape Town Metro police.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel Katlego Mogale said the FBI estimates that more than 100 people lost more than R100 million in romance scams from 2011 to date.

“They assumed fake names and trolled dating sites. Once they had ingratiated themselves with their victims, they allegedly concocted sob stories about why they needed money, taxes to release an inheritance, essential overseas travel, crippling debt, etcetera,” he said.

The group is believed to be behind hundreds of thousands of “romance scams”. These were allegedly carried out by members of the group who used dating sites to meet elderly men and women from around the world who were either widowed, single or divorced, then scam them out of their money.

According to a source close to the investigation, the group is also alleged to have scammed companies out of millions of rand using a business email compromise scam.

They are said to have been operating from the Table View area along the west coast, posing as wealthy pensioners looking for love. The group is also found in Italy and works with Italian mafia groups. South Africa is their favourite playground where they marry locals to obtain citizenship so they can travel to European countries easily.

“Elderly women, especially widowed or divorced are the prime suspects on dating sites, they are the vulnerable targets, there are victimology assessments done on their targets, intel-gathering and usually very complex screening to identify the perfect victim,” said Alexander.

“I must admit there are people finding true love on dating sites, however, they are few and far between. People should steer away from posting their whole life on social media. My advice for women would be to do their due diligence, the syndicate would usually declare their love for you within days, claiming to be prominent figures or employed in the engineering industry, within weeks after grooming their prey they would start their exploitations, better known as ”phase 2”. Women should be very careful and not part with any money, especially not to someone they have not met in person.”

The eight suspects are appearing in court today.

Nigerian mafia leaders arrested after Hawks swoop in Cape Town

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Alleged leaders of a large transnational Nigerian syndicate called the Black Axe were arrested in early morning raids in Cape Town on Tuesday.

TimesLIVE understands that six leaders of the Black Axe organised crime group’s Cape Town chapter were arrested in a co-ordinated operation involving the Hawks and US law-enforcement authorities.

A seventh member of the group, who is not part of the leadership of the organisation, was also arrested. It is believed an eighth person affiliated to the Black Axe organisation was also arrested in connection with a separate, but related, case. 

The founder of the Black Axe “Cape Town Zone” was among those arrested, TimesLIVE sources said.

The group is believed to be behind hundreds of thousands of “romance scams”. These were allegedly perpetrated by members of the group who used dating sites to meet elderly men and women from around the world who were either widowed or divorced, then scam them out of their money.

The Sunday Times previously reported on SA victims of the group, some of whom were fleeced out of their life’s savings and even their entire pensions.

The Black Axe members arrested in the early hours of Tuesday are also alleged to have scammed companies out of millions of rand using a business email compromise scam. 

The scams are sophisticated and have highly organised Nigerian syndicate members, operating mainly from the Table View area along Cape Town’s west coast, posing as wealthy pensioners looking for love. 

The Neo-Black Movement of Africa is a name interchangeably used for the mafia-style organisation that started on university campuses in Nigeria in the 1970s.

Black Axe positioned itself as an organisation for the liberation of black people around the world. However, it was soon labelled a cult and banned under Nigerian law after it became synonymous with criminal activity globally.

Law-enforcement sources told TimesLIVE the Black Axe has a strong presence in SA. Members often marry South Africans to get residency or citizenship, making it easier to access countries including Canada, the US, the UK and Germany.

The group also has a strong presence in Italy where authorities arrested several members this year. The group is alleged to work closely with the Camorra, one of the biggest Italian mafia groups, in other illicit activities including the drug trade and human trafficking.

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NBM Disowns More Bad Eggs

Countless arrested US members and a small handful of NBM rapists (as a token gesture) have been disowned as bad eggs by the NBM. Media outlets and bloggers wrong to think there are even more bad egg disowning sessions to be held in the future.

Source: THE DAILY TIMES (Monday, October 4, 2021)

NBM hands over TikTok girl’s attackers to police

• Disowns persons accused of fraud in USA

Pan-Africanist socio-cultural and non-governmental organization, the Neo- Black Movement (NBM), has reiterated that it is not and has never been a criminal outfit.

The frontline, Nigeria-based worldwide philanthropic and human rights group at the weekend said it became imperative to re-emphasize its status as a law-abiding legal entity following two recent occurrences which detractors linked to it in libelous claims.

But NBM of Africa, in reaction to the false claims, said: “The present leadership is engaged in regular internal house-cleaning and every suspected member who runs foul of the law will be handed over to law enforcement. This is even more evidenced by the tracking down and handing over to the police in Edo State of the three impostors, John Omozele, Smart Ogbeide and Tajudeen Afesume, who brutalized and dehumanized a female Tik Tok user.

They erroneously believed that the action will earn them membership of the organisation as their bids for membership had earlier been rebuffed. Our standard for intakes cannot be lowered to accommodate such persons.”

NBM’s Public Relations Officer, Mr. Oluwatosin Dixon, who articulated the reaction, stressed: “Also as a follow-up to the resolve of the leadership, in the case of the criminal indictment of five members in Dallas, Texas, United States, they have been suspended indefinitely until they can clear themselves of the allegations brought against them in the court process.”

The NBM spokesman added: “We have announced repeatedly and overtime that we are not a crime syndicate and have zero tolerance for crime and criminality. We are, therefore, using this medium to state again that we will take legal action against media outlets and bloggers who continuously use the activities of a few members and impostors to stereotype and malign an entire organisation.

“We are law-abiding and contributing our quota to humanity’ development and progress.

“We will continue to engage and align with security agencies globally to ensure that criminals are brought to book as our motto remains “Social Justice & Equality For All.”

Read More: THE DAILY TIMES (Monday, October 4, 2021)…. Page 4
THE GUARDIAN (Monday, October 4, 2021)…. Page 29

Edo police arrest Aye cultists for dehumanizing female Tik Tok user

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1st October, 2021

By Jethro Ibileke

Edo State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of three suspected cultists who were involved in the assault and dehumanizing of a TikTok social media user, simply identified as Olivia.

Names of the suspects are given as Omozejele John (29), Smart Ogbeide (29) and Tajudeen Afesume (30).

They were arrested at various quarters in Upper Mission Extension area, in Benin.

A statement from the Police State Command’s spokesman, SP Kontongs Bello, said the State Commissioner of Police, Philip Aliyu Ogbadu, directed a discreet investigation and intelligence base approach to unravel those behind the dastardly act, following the viral video clip where some young men were seen assaulting and dehumanizing a young lady.

“During the cause of information and intelligence gathering, the following suspects were arrested at different locations in Benin City.

“The three suspects arrested have all confessed to the crime and further confessed to being members of Aye Secret Cult.

“They are presently cooperating with police investigations and are already providing useful information that will lead to the arrest of other cult members on the run.

“The Commissioner of Police has directed the suspects be charged to court, vowing that cult groups and other criminal elements will not be allowed to operate in the State, the statement said.

33 NBM Arrested United States.

33 NBM arrested in USA!

Important Note: They are middle aged men not university students. They are NBM. Not Black Axe.

These are the people you are inviting to your university hospitals, orphanages and schools.

The article gets that the wrong way around and spuriously adds another BA/NBM interpretation into the mix.

Great news nonetheless.

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US arrests 33 BEC scammers linked to Nigerian crime syndicate

  • 33 suspects were arrested in the US for BEC and romance scam-related crimes.
  • Suspects are believed to be members of Black Axe, a Nigerian confraternity and crime syndicate.
  • The 33 suspects were accused of stealing more than $17 million from at least 100 victims.

The FBI has arrested 33 individuals across Texas for a series of cybercrime-related activities, including BEC and romance scams.

The arrests, which took place last week, targeted individuals part of Black Axe, a transnational organized crime syndicate originating from Nigeria and operating across the globe.

Eleven suspects were charged in the Northern District of Texas and another 23 in the Eastern District, with one suspect charged in both districts.

Suspects stole more than $17 million

US officials said the group had been active since at least January 2017 and engaged in a wide range of fraudulent schemes, such as business email compromise (BEC), investor scams, and unemployment insurance fraud.

The suspects also engaged in online romance scams, operating on dating sites such as, ChistianMingle, JSwipe, and Plenty of Fish.

In total, authorities said the group stole and laundered more than $17 million, funds they acquired from at least 100 victims, according to court documents obtained by The Record.

Group tied to Black Axe gang

Sources familiar with the group’s activities said the suspects were members of Black Axe, a known criminal syndicate tied to the Neo Black Movement, a college fraternity founded in the 1970s in Nigeria that slowly evolved into a secret society, cult, and confraternity across the country, and then spread across Africa and the world in recent years.

While NBM started out with the goals of fighting racisms in the once British colony, the group, just like other Nigerian confraternities, adopted violent tactics and started delving into criminal activity.

Currently, NBM’s Black Axe is believed to be involved in prostitution, human trafficking, narcotics trafficking, grand theft, money laundering, and cybercrime (mainly email fraud), according to a 2020 Interpol report [PDF].

NBM maintain that they do not have connections to Black Axe, however is essentially just a different name that acts as a nominal cover for the Black Axe confraternity.

Nigerian Confraternities emerge as Business Email Compromise Threat, 2018, CrowdStrike report [PDF]

While members of the group have been arrested for cybercrime activities as far back as 2015, last week’s US arrests represent the biggest crackdown against Black Axe’s cybercrime operations.

The arrests also represent the second law enforcement crackdown against the group’s cybercrime operations this year, after Italian police also arrested 30 Black Axe members in April.

Furthermore, the Black Axe arrests in the US represent the second crackdown against an international crime syndicate’s cybercrime operations. Just days before, Spanish and Italian police arrested 106 members of four Italian mafia organizations on cybercrime-related charges such as SIM swapping, BEC scams, phishing, and money laundering.

The suspects arrested and charged in the Northern District of Texas include:

  • David Animashaun, 38 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
  • Oluwalobamise Michael Moses, 40 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
  • Irabor Fatarr Musa, 51 – arrested in the Eastern District of Texas, charged by the Northern District of Texas wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  • Ijeoma Okoro, 31 – arrested in DFW, wire fraud conspiracy fraud, money laundering conspiracy
  • Chukwemeka Orji, 36 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  • Emanuel Stanley Orji, 35 – arrested in DFW, charged with wire fraud conspiracy
  • Frederick Orji, 37 – arrested in Dallas, charged with wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  • Uwadiale Esezobor, 36 – arrested in Lubbock, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
  • Victor Idowu, 36 – arrested in Los Angeles, charged with mail & wire fraud conspiracy
  • Afeez Abiola Alao, 37 – wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy
  • Ambrose Sunday Ohide, 47 – wire fraud conspiracy

The suspects arrested and charged in the Eastern District of Texas include:

  • Kingsley Ita, aka “Baron” “Sifk,” 42, of Dallas;
  • Irabor Fatarr Musa, aka “Fatai” “Head JJ,” 51, of Richardson;
  • Solomon Esekheigbe, 48, of Katy;
  • Sandra Iribhogbe Popnen, aka “General,” 46, of Allen;
  • Edgal Iribhogbe, aka “Oseme,” 50, of Allen;
  • Damilola Kumapayi, aka “Luke Morris,” 33, of Dallas;
  • Ehiedu Onyeagwu, aka “Young,” 58, of Rosedale, Maryland;
  • Mathew Okpu, 57, of Temple Hille, Maryland;
  • Benedicta Atakare, 46, of Temple Hills, Maryland;
  • Segun Adeoye, 47, of Pearland;
  • Chidindu Okeke, aka “Steve,” 28, of Richmond;
  • Ngozi Okeke, 47, of Katy;
  • Nosoregbe Asemota, aka “Patrick Asemota,” 46, of Melissa;
  • Chigozi Ekwenugo, 53, of Grand Prairie;
  • Bukola Obaseki, 48, of Allen;
  • Stella Hadome, 43, of Allen;
  • Jequita Batchelor, 37, of Farmers Branch;
  • Osaretin Eghaghe, aka “Biggie,” 37, of Plano;
  • Ejiro Ohwovoriole, 29, of McKinney;
  • Isaac Asare, aka “Asarko,” 48, of Houston;
  • Gold Ude, 44, of Wylie;
  • Henrietha Oziegbe, 23, of Lexington, Kentucky; and
  • Kingsly Oziegbe, 25, of Edinburg.

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Mafia propaganda against Nigerians in Italy

They call us “Nigerian Mafia” says ‘Nigerian Mafia man‘ and former Culture Commissioner or Edo State.


I am writing this article as a Nigerian activist. I want the Nigerian government, Nigerian citizens and the whole world to know the truth of what is happening to Nigerians all over the world, especially in Italy.

Nigerians are in almost every country in this world just like others like the Chinese, Americans, British, Arabs, Indians, etc.

Nigeria is a country blessed in Africa with rich culture, heritage and also has the highest black population in the world. We are aware that some Nigerians commit criminal acts but that doesn’t mean every Nigerian is a criminal. Those are in the minority and do not in any way represent the over 150million Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora. We don’t support the crimes of these few.

Now, there is an issue we need to consider before we join the bandwagon to accuse our fellow Nigerian citizens who may have been arrested abroad. We forget to ask ourselves this critical question: have we confirmed that our people have indeed committed the crimes they are being accused of before we throw them under the bus?

Due to a lot of injustice, racism, corrupt prosecutors, racial discrimination, manipulation of evidence, we tend to be blindfolded by the fake news about Nigeria and Nigerians that is being peddled out there by certain powerful forces.

The law as I know stands on a pedestal of equality for everyone. A common platform upon which the law is known to stand is that nobody is guilty until a competent court of law proves otherwise.

Taking us back to Italy, we remember this as a country, which for many years, has been fighting local Italian mafia groups that have destroyed the Italian ethos and pathos of industry, the renaissance, and art. In 1992, Italian mafia groups allegedly bombed an express road, killing one of Italy’s famous judges, Jovani Falconi, even with police security personnel in his convoy. It was one of the deadliest attacks linked to the Italian mafia which prompted the European Union to sponsor and support this fight against the mafia in Italy with undeclared funds.

Since then, a lot of European and Italian citizens have been arrested, whether they are guilty or innocent, and many are in prison. Since their own people have been arrested for mafia-related crimes, they moved on to arrest citizens of other countries like the Chinese, Albanians, etc. When that happened, the Chinese especially, and Albanian and other governments whose citizens were arrested by the Italians came to the defence of their citizens with the strong argument that their citizens are not mafia members, and do not come from countries renowned for mafia-related crimes.

These countries insisted that if their citizens had committed any crimes, they must be prosecuted on the weight of those crimes, but not to lump them under an umbrella of mMafia crime or of being mafioso. At the end thereof, the Italian government bowed to these arguments and thereby stopped the arbitrary arrests of Chinese, Albanian, and other nationals resident in Italy.

But today, the Italian authorities have turned on Nigeria. They continue to arbitrarily arrest and lump every Nigerian they arrest in Italy over petty crime as mafia criminals. They started with accusing them of mafia crimes under the 416 BIS law supposedly to tackle crimes related to mafia association, and other crimes relating to drugs and property, including extortions, robbery, murder, serious injuries, sexual exploitation, exploitation of prostitutes, and arms.

All these are crimes the Italian authorities say Nigerian mafia groups commit. But this is not true! Contemporary facts indicate that Nigerians do not engage in mafia-related crimes, and the ordinary Nigerian living abroad does not have the capacity and resources to commit such crimes in their country or abroad. Most just go about seeking to eke a living.

For many years now, a lot of innocent Nigerians are languishing in many Italian prisons because some public prosecutors and lawyers collaborate to force Nigerians, (and out of ignorance especially on the part of the Nigerians) and deceive them to choose to be tried under what is known as ‘abbreviation’ (meaning short trials) without knowing it is a trap to condemn and destroy their destinies.

If you have been tried under the obnoxious 416 BIS Crime, there is an everlasting dent on your image even to your unborn generations. When the Italians seek to prosecute Nigerians under the 416 BIS, they initiate all sorts of dirty methods and tricks, including the use of forged documents and manipulation of unscrupulous Nigerians or ex-cons to speak against their own people with the promise of documentation for resident permit or freedom from prison. A very good example of this is seen in their last judgement using a forged document called the GREEN BIBLE as a manual to use to convict and sentence Nigerians who allegedly committed petty crimes to over 140 years in prison.

As we speak, two Nigerians on trial in Torino have successfully proved that the documents being used to convict Nigerians on trumped up charges are fake, forged and contrived by corrupt prosecutors.

The unscrupulous Italian prosecutors also cite the Boko Haram crisis, cults, ethnic crises, militants, and religious crises and invent stories out of these local Nigerian problems as supposed evidence that Nigerians carry out mafia crimes. What is even much more absurd, and in my opinion very ludicrous, is that in some cases, they rely on Nigerian home videos (a common one is by Kelvin Ikeduba), as evidence that Nigerians use occult practices to promote mafia crimes.

I use this medium as a call to action on the Nigerian government and the conscience of the whole world to come to the aid of all Nigerians illegally arrested and detained in prisons in Italy for crimes they have not committed.

This is because the injustices against Nigerians based on racial discrimination, manipulation of justice, and forgery are too much. Both the guilty and the innocent are arrested and lumped in prison. All it takes for an innocent Nigerian to be arrested in Italy is to have had a phone conversation with anyone under investigation. To have appeared in a photo with such a person or even being friends on Facebook with such a person or in any association with the person is the Italian version of being a mafia gang member and therefore a criminal.

There are other Africans who eke a living in Italy but only Nigerians are being so persecuted and humiliated under this obnoxious Italian system. Is it now therefore a sin or crime to be a Nigeria and to seek to live abroad?

Apart from what I have said here, I recommend you go look in this book titled, ALESSANDRO SALUSTI INTERVISTA LUCA PALAMARA, IL SYSTEMA POTERE, POLITICA, AFFARI, STORIA SEGRETA DELLA MAGISTRSTURA ITALIANA (The Secret Manipulation of the Italian Magistrate System). (RIZZOLI). There you will find many shreds of evidence of what I have tried to express here.

You may also want to look at this other story about the Italian justice system which came up again about the past judgement of Eni (OIL COMPANY CASE) with Nigeria. In that case, it has therefore been found out that the prosecutor of Milan (STORARI) tampered with the judgements and evidence of that case and he is among the corrupt prosecutors perpetrating these injustices against Nigerians.

The book above mentioned Italian prisons where Nigerians languish – in Milan, Torino, Asti, Prato, Voghera, Vincenza, Tolmezzo, Piacenza, Saluzzo, Parma, Palermo, Cosenza, San Gimignano, Caltanissetta, Spoleto, Agrigento, Catanzaro, Bologna, Santa Maria, Capua, etc.

Nigerians are not mafia people. We take a stand and maintain that if anyone commits a crime, let the person be put through a competent court of law to determine his or her case. Crime should not be transferable. The families of those Nigerians illegally detained and charged under mafia-related crimes in Italy are suffering. Black Life Matters.

Ero is former culture commissioner in Edo state.