Prosecutor Juan Agulhas alleged that Obafeni promised his victim, Kuo-Sen Liu Hendrika, R16m for financially helping a man living in New Zealand, who wanted to transfer trust money to his daughter Joy Dlodlo in Durban.Obafeni allegedly created online profiles of wealthy people and groomed vulnerable victims before asking for money for false emergencies.
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In my case my avatar was "surfyogi", the adventurous free spirit who is "already in love with life but open to new possibilities". Well travelled and adventurous, surfyogi is a thirtysomething girl who knows what she wants – "I like a passionate, adventurous man who has a great sense of humour" – but keeps herself open to new possibilities – "I am not sure I have an ideal man.
The victim paid the money, and a bogus customs official undertook to help provide an anti money laundering certificate needed to "release" the money that Obafeni was "taking" to Dlodlo.
For the certificate, the customs official asked for, and was paid, R35 690.Johannesburg - A man accused of committing fraud through an online dating scam is expected to appear in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Cape Town on Tuesday.Muyiwa Obafeni, 35, from Nigeria, was arrested in April 2013, and made several appearances in the Cape Town District Court before his case was transferred to the commercial court.What happened next was more difficult: giving a stranger – in my case it was Dating Buzz – permission to launch your personal thoughts and romantic wishes into cyberspace for any site member and their friends to scrutinise with glee or malice.It's akin to someone posting excerpts of your diary on Facebook only to hope you at least get some "likes". The South African online dating industry is much smaller than its international counterparts. Most sites operate on a "freemium" basis, making it free for members to sign up and browse profiles until they want to contact and message someone, in which case a paid subscription comes into play.A bogus agent named "Dennis" (Obafeni) contacted the victim on behalf of Dlodlo.