Ifediora did not have a job, but entered the country with a degree in sociology.
The agency warned, however, that "every age group and demographic is at risk." The traditional online dating scam is "A Nigerian guy gets a victim to send money by a wire transfer," said Iovation's O'Hearn.
That phishing-style scam still happens, but fewer people fall for it now.
The information gathered is then handed off to another member of the team to be monetized.
Most people are wary of unsolicited advertisements by email, so spammers have now turned to dating sites, sending unsolicited ads and links via online messaging platforms.
Cape Town – A Nigerian man, who ended up in Cape Town by pretending he was a student, admitted this week that he used an online dating site to scam women out of more than R1.2m.
Ndubusi Ifediora, 31, entered into a plea and sentence agreement in Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court this week for charges that were usually quite tricky to investigate.He was sentenced to 12 years in jail, wholly suspended for five years, and had to pay back what he took from the victims.The two women in their 50s, both from Texas in the USA, sent him expensive gadgets and money.He confessed that he entered the country with a study visa based on false representations to home affairs.He had lied about being registered at a technical college.A Hawks team seized three phones and three laptops from his apartment in Rochester Road, Table View.