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Nigerian arrested in fake money scam

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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Friday arrested a Nigerian man suspected of running a multi-million baht fake money scam. 

The DSI director-general Tarit Pengdit said Ezeokolie Jude Nwokenamma, 37, was arrested at his rented apartment in Bangkok’s Bang Kapi district on Friday morning. Police seized seven mobile phones, 13 SIM cards, two notebooks, two bank books, three ATM cards and equipment used to make counterfeit money.

The suspect allegedly used two Facebook accounts to contact victims claiming that he was either a former American soldier or diplomat with a stash of dollar banknotes that he was unable to use because they had the word “original” stamped on them.

He asked his victims to pay for a special liquid to remove the "original" stamp at the cost of 700,000 baht, promising to then give them the cash at a favourable exchange rate. Mr Nwokenamma showed his victims two real banknotes, which he exchanged into Thai baht to gain their trust.

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