Streaming issues? Report here
Africa Melane 2019 1500 BW Africa Melane 2019 1500 BW
Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
04:00 - 06:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: Breakfast with Refilwe Moloto
See full line-up
Early Breakfast with Africa Melane
04:00 - 06:00
Home
arrow_forward
Local

'Extradition application could be on the cards for 8 suspected online scammers'

20 October 2021 1:52 PM
Tags:
Hawks
FBI
Cape Town
Extradition applications
Romance scam
online fraud
online scam

Midday Report host Mandy Wiener chats to Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Brandt about the eight online scammers expected in court.
  • 8 foreign nationals arrested for alleged online dating scams are due in court on Wednesday
  • Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Brandt says a bail application is expected to be heard later this afternoon
  • An extradition application is also a possibility

Picture: SAPS.

A group of alleged online dating fraudsters are expected in the Cape Town Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon.

The eight suspects were arrested on Tuesday morning and have been charged with a range of crimes including conspiracy to commit wire or mail fraud as well as money laundering.

RELATED: Suspected romance scammers with ties to Nigerian syndicate arrested in Cape Town

The Hawks, the FBI, and Interpol arrested them in connection with "romance scams" in which scores of women have been defrauded around the world.

Eyewitness News reporter Kevin Brandt says bail application has been pushed to 2pm on Wednesday afternoon to allow the defense attorneys time to consult with the suspects in the matter.

According to Brandt, the suspects, who are implicated in international-wide scale financial fraud, could also be facing extradition.

RELATED: 'Black Axe suspected of scamming online daters labelled cult in Nigeria'

The magistrate indicated that the defence lawyers still needed to consult with the suspects in the matter.

Kevin Brandt, Reporter - Eyewitness News

They will now be in court come 2pm this afternoon.

Kevin Brandt, Reporter - Eyewitness News

We'll get more details with regards to the case against them... I understand that the matter at 2pm will be for a bail application but a possible extradition application might be also on the cards as the investigation was initiated by the US Secret Service in collaboration with the FBI.

Kevin Brandt, Reporter - Eyewitness News



20 October 2021 1:52 PM
Tags:
Hawks
FBI
Cape Town
Extradition applications
Romance scam
online fraud
online scam

More from Local