A Nigerian man has been sentenced to 12 years in jail by a US Federal court after being found guilty of running an advance payment scam.
Okpako Mike Diamreyan, 31 year, relocated to the US in 2008 by marrying an American citizen in order to expand his scam businesses already running in Nigeria, tech news site Computer World reports.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Diamreyan scammed 67 people between 2004 to 2009, making more than $1.3 million in the process. This accounted for around 17 per cent of the total web-based scams reported to the FBI.
The scam, known as 419, tricks people into making advance payments in the hope of receiving a larger sum in return on completion.
“Diamreyan offered the victims 20 per cent of the money if they would help him transfer the money to the United States, and he provided fraudulent documents to the victims to persuade them that the money existed,” read the press release issued by the US Department of Justice.
The United States District Judge Janet Hall in Bridgeport, Connecticut sentenced Diamreyan to 151 months in jail, and ordered him to pay his victims $1 million in restitution.