United States: Cameroonian student arrested and charged with fraud

United States: Cameroonian student arrested and charged with fraud

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December 8, 2020 0

United States: Cameroonian student arrested and charged with fraud

A 27-year-old Cameroonian student has been indicted in the United States for scamming several people by taking advantage of the coronavirus.

The man offered his “customers” to sell them pets, puppies that did not exist, said the Justice Department quoted by the BBC. Fodje Bobga, was arrested by US police and charged in the city of Pittsburgh with conspiracy to commit wire fraud with a US Supreme Court seal and aggravated identity theft. The website he used in the alleged scheme, www.lovelyhappypuppy.com, has been taken down, the ministry said, BBC reports.

Authorities accuse him of exploiting social isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic to defraud victims using photos of cute puppies. “With the holiday season upon us and the desire for camaraderie higher than ever before, don’t fall prey to scammers selling animals online,” said US lawyer Scott Brady. According to a BBC report, one of Fodje Bobga’s victims is a woman in Pennsylvania who was swindled out of over $ 9,000 for trying to buy a puppy for her mother. FBI Special Agent in charge, Michael Christman, warned that “the pandemic has created the perfect conditions for unscrupulous animal sellers to thrive.”

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