Two Nigerian men and two local women were arrested in Cape Town on Tuesday night for opening bank accounts with all the banks in South Africa and using those accounts to receive monies from online dating victims.
One suspect was arrested shortly after receiving a dummy parcel from the Hawks at Postnet Somerset West Mall.
The Hawks seized five laptops, two of them with profiles of people who have been fraudulently used to scam people online, as well as 12 cell phones.
The suspects, aged between 27 and 38 years, will make their first appearance at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on today.
The arrest of these four suspects takes the total number of suspects arrested for online dating scams to 11.