Two Nigerian men have been arrested in the southern island province of Thailand for suspected involvement in a so -called romance scam.
Pol Col Akanit Danpitaksat, the Patong police chief, identified the two Nigerians as Ugonna , 21, and Malachy, 19 .
The arrests came after Patong police were asked by the Songkhla immigration police to track down suspects in a romance scam who posted profiles of good – looking men on Facebook to strike up conversations with women in search of foreign partners , deceiving them into believing they really existed and winning their trust .
After a while , they exchanged names and addresses .
At this point , the scammers would tell the women they had some valuable items for them and they would send the items.
They tricked the women into transferring money to them ,
Bangkok Post reports .
The police investigated and followed the two Nigerians , who were staying in Patong area .
Security camera footage showed the two had frequently withdrawn money from ATM machines.
A subsequent check revealed that the two had overstayed their visas and might have been involved in the romance scam , leading to their arrests at a hotel in Patong area .
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They were charged with overstaying their visas and suspected involvement in a romance scam.
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