The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) helped Christine Brown, a British citizen who fell victim to online fraud, recover twenty-six thousand dollars (£18,000).
In a statement released in Abuja, EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren confirmed that the victim had received the funds from the Benin Zonal Command the previous Monday.
After losing her life wealth to the fraudsters, Brown reportedly thanked the Commission for its efforts, saying that they had helped bring her some solace.
According to him, the 70-year-old victim of an online romance scam had filed a complaint with the Commission.
Brown explained that she fell prey to the scam after exchanging messages with an online persona she believed to be American actor John Barrowman.
He was a con artist, but she had no idea. Uwujaren alleged that Brown claimed they had a romantic relationship and that the con artist then started demanding money from her via wire transfers, Bitcoin, and gift cards.
Zonal Commander Kanu Idagu assured the recipient that the Commission would use the money it had recovered to further its purpose of improving society.
Currently, “we are doing a whole lot in ensuring that victims of fraud are restituted where possible, and we will continue to do more,”
He warned people to exercise caution while transacting business online since scammers actively seek out vulnerable people to take advantage of.