A Nigerian national arrested in New Jersey is accused of stealing $17,000 from a Smith County senior citizen through a scam.
Jumoke Monsurat Ayedun, 29, was arrested by the Teaneck, New Jersey, Police Department on Oct. 7 and booked into the Bergen County Jail after a warrant was issued by 241st District Judge Jack Skeen Jr. in Smith County.
Ayedun was awaiting extradition to Smith County. She is in the United States on a visa, according to a Smith County Sheriff’s Office news release.
The victim told the sheriff’s office in an Aug. 23 fraud report that a person claiming to be a family member contacted her on Facebook. The suspect used a fake Facebook profile with a photo of one of the victim's family members. Ayedun convinced the victim she was eligible for a grant from the United Nations Democracy Fund Program, the release stated.
The victim sent $17,000 to Ayedun over several weeks with the promise of getting a $75,000 check in return. When the check didn’t come, the victim contacted the family member by phone and discovered the scam.
A Smith County Sheriff’s Office investigator used a bank account number to track down the fraudulent activity. The investigator matched the suspect's passport photo with the ATM video, where Ayedun was seen taking money from the account. Ayedun received deposits from Venmo, Zellepay and personal checks.
The investigator froze the account and could possibly regain some of the victim’s money, according to the sheriff’s office.