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Swedish pensioner charged with 'Nigeria Letter' scam

TT/Rebecca Martin · 10 Aug 2011, 17:35

Published: 10 Aug 2011 17:35 GMT+02:00

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According to the prosecutor, the Swedish woman claimed to have inherited money from relatives in the US and UK. But she told her friends that in order to be able to collect this inheritance she needed cash, which she promised to pay back to the loan givers with interest.

The woman also allegedly claimed to have money stashed away in a number of Nigerian bank accounts, but needed deposit money in order to make a withdrawal from these.

But neither inheritance nor money from Nigeria ever came. And according to the prosecution her friends never saw a penny of the loan money again.

So called “Nigeria letters” are also known as “advance-fee fraud” and are a known confidence trick where victims are persuaded to forward large sums of money in the hope of receiving a significantly larger sum at a later date.

The money is traditionally requested for transaction costs or to pay bribes.

Apart from scamming her friends he woman is also charged with having fooled a Christian TV channel to part with a sum of 50,000 kronor.

But according to the woman’s defence lawyer Karin Amédro the woman denies the allegations.

“She has every intention to pay back the money she owes. She has not asked to borrow these under false pretences,” Amédro said to daily Aftonbladet.

Amédro added that the woman completely denies having received money from the TV network and that she claims the prosecution has exaggerated the sums owed to her friends.

The trial was supposed to have started in May but as the date for the opening of the procedures drew near the woman went underground.

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Police finally apprehended her at the end of last month, according to Aftonbladet.

The trial started on Wednesday and will go on for nine days.

TT/Rebecca Martin (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:05 August 10, 2011 by eddie123
nej nej nej... this scam should be re-christened to reflect the actual story. it is the 'swedish letter' fraud. i thought the poor pensioner had been swindled by 'em internet fraudster. clever swedish pensioner. hope she ain't from Nigeria.
18:15 August 10, 2011 by canuk
of course she is from nigeria. which is where all the money went, its great to have multiculturalism, so you can have people on the inside, makings things much more believeable when you extort money out of honest hardworking people that trust you as a friend.
19:14 August 10, 2011 by krow
I am not sure the letter posted by Local has any connection to this case. I dont see any link with Nigeria except otherwise proven with facts. The title should be Swedish womn scammed swedish friends. Local report with facts.
19:45 August 10, 2011 by krow
@Ole I see you one of Breivik converts and associates . Tell me what makes a Swede swedish in your own book.
20:17 August 10, 2011 by johan rebel
The simple possession of a Swedish passport doens't make a Swede, that's for sure.

I've lived in the coutnry for over 20 years, could get a Swedish passport anytime, speak the language fluently and yet I've never ever thought of myself as even remotely Swedish.
21:33 August 10, 2011 by axiom
i cannot believe people r still making money from these scams, 517k USD thats just crazy!
00:18 August 11, 2011 by Smallnose
67 years old pensioner, the Old timer gang/Gubbligan, 64 year old writing birthday wishes. What's wrong with the babyboom generation.
01:54 August 11, 2011 by glamelixir
JOhan rebel

Same situation here. Could get a Swedish passport, but not doing it because I don't see the point of doing so as I AM NOT SWEDISH. Yet I am a proud immigrant that loves this country, so I would also like "swedes" or "immigrant haters" to watch their mouth when they talk about immigrants and immigration. Generalizations are not good in any aspect.
02:13 August 11, 2011 by imonx
I am Nigeria it is our stock in trade, we must not deny it, and all these happen in a city called Lagos. This woman must be made to go to jail that is the right thing to do. I don't care where she is from, you dont take advantage of people and go free.
02:28 August 11, 2011 by fancyavi
I agree imonx...what does it matter where she is from the point is she is dishonest and should not only pay back what she owes but be put away for a long time. There are dishonest people all over the world we should not be inclined to trust someone because of there race but by the individual themselves.....are we still this close minded????? REALLY!!?
02:51 August 11, 2011 by muscle
Thank god, all across the world, the governments are not running by people who use their personal "BOOK" for calling a person as National of the state
03:47 August 11, 2011 by Taketh
The scam is called 'Nigerian scam'. It was coined in the 80's and 90's do to the fact most of the scams came from there. The coined word nowadays is used when anyone, wherever they come from try to scam people in such a manner.

Having said this, she might as well be a blue eyed old timer blond, she's still "nigerian scammed" alot of people.
05:40 August 11, 2011 by anonymous4
Sorry, but that doesn't say much for the brights of the people who fell for her common scam.
08:15 August 11, 2011 by Already in use
It is very sad you guys are calling people stupid who trust others.
10:31 August 11, 2011 by andyron2
Read few months back on thelocal,that swedes,mostly elder people fall prey to this scam and they even travel to UK.


looks like this elderly women fooled many elderly swedes.

another thread which has the details of the mail and the reply....... is funny.

11:23 August 11, 2011 by PoJo
It's been a long while since I don't trust any email containing the name Nigeria in it, to be honest. It's not a matter of being discriminating or so, it's just that all of them were scams: US lottery, Canadian lottery, British lottery, whatever.... This one above does not even make sense to me, how could people have believed this?
13:02 August 11, 2011 by Imperor
I have often wondered where the line between a scam and just being plain stupid is. Just throwing money away on some completely harebrained scheme without a thought and not having to take responsibility for it! How will people learn? Kind of like bailing out banks who have messed up their own economy by making stupid decisions...

Of course you should be able to trust people, but being blindly naïve isn't really a good thing, or an excuse for that matter. Knowing who to trust is also important.

Scamming a "Christian TV-Channel" can't be illegal at all whatever the circumstances though! Scamming a scammer should be rewarded!
05:03 August 12, 2011 by Da Goat
This is rather ironic that a pensioner is actually running the scam instead of being sucked in by the scam..... I gotta say them old folks are sure quick learners!
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