Greenwich con man convicted of £800k inheritance dupe
A con man who tricked his victims out of almost £800,000 has been found guilty of 19 counts of acquiring criminal property.
Patrick Bamboi Emuh, 54 of Bromhedge Greenwich cold called and emailed more than 20 people across the globe claiming they had either won the lottery or inherited money from a distant relative.
Victims of the scam paid £788,297 into a variety of bank accounts or transferred the money directly to him in payment for his service.
Police began investigating Emuh in 2006 after confiscating £10,000 of cash they found him carrying. They found large sums of money in his bank account which he claimed were the proceeds of an oil business in Nigeria.
Officers contacted some of the payees who all confirmed the scam. Police have seized a total of £60,000 and have applied for a confiscation order to compensate the victims.
Emuh will be sentenced at Southwark Crown court on January 8.
Accredited financial investigator Doug Ferns, of the MPS's Specialist and Economic Crime Command led the investigation. He said: "Emuh tricked people into believing they had struck it lucky and when he was caught out he had the audacity to claim that the victims were in fact business customers. A thorough investigation of his bank accounts, mobile phones and computer combined with the many witness statements allowed us to see right through his story.
"People like Emuh are driven by greed and because of the potential pay off of a con like this they will go to unbelievable lengths to convince their victim that it is genuine, as Emuh did.
"If a stranger contacts you saying you have inherited money or won a lottery and must pay fees to access your windfall, do not believe it. Call the police."
If you think you have been a victim of a scam call police on 101 or Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Alternatively, report it online at www.actionfraud.police.uk