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Facebook fraud: Police arrest man for extortion, obscene materials

A 24 year old, Joel Sikaneta of Chowa Township in Kabwe suburb in Zambia has been arrested by the Police for Extortion and Possession of Obscene Materials, emanating from Facebook fraud, reports ITRealms.

The Zambian Police Public Relations Officer, Esther Mwaata Katongo, confirmed to ITRealms that the suspect is believed to have between June and December, 2017 swindled seven (07) females using nine fake Facebook accounts opened in different names.

The Police also said, the accused person would often pretend to be a white man, initiate an intimate relationship with unsuspecting females on face book after befriending them and promise to send them money in dollars and buy them cars.

He would begin by sending nude pictures for a white man on pretext that they were his and would later entice women to also send their nude pictures to him. He would thereafter use another account purporting to be a wife to the white man claiming to have discovered conversations and nude pictures in her husband’s Facebook account.

She would then begin demanding for money from victims and threatening to publish nude pictures if they did not comply. When the victims plead for leniency, the purported wife would link them to either her brother or spiritual father here in Zambia who would give them an account number in which to deposit the money.

Several women including married women fell victim and ended up depositing money for fear of being embarrassed.

Further, the Police said, the suspect is currently detained in Police custody and will appear in court soon.

Chuks Egbune/GEE

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Pix: Zambian Police Public Relations Officer, Esther Mwaata Katongo

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