Saturday, February 07, 2009

Nigerian Scammers Oluwatosin Sanni & Ibhade Arebamen Drewry Ave Toronto Charged Bank Fraud, Sarasota PI Bill Warner Tipped Police in Jan On Scam

fraud-related charges after Durham police dismantled a major counterfeit cheque-manufacturing lab.

TD Corporate Security alerted police after a man took out $115,000 in unauthorized withdrawals from a business account. The subsequent investigation revealed that an employee of a Pickering bank provided the suspect with confidential banking information after being threatened with death.

Police obtained a search warrant to search the suspect's Toronto home and found a cheque-manufacturing lab, along with thousands of blank cheques and high-end printers.

Police also seized dozens of business cheques believed to be stolen from the mail, counterfeit Canada Post stamps, fraudulent letters regarding a fake lottery win, and personal information from thousands of people in North America. The two Nigerian men were in the country on student Visas.

I, Bill Warner, went to the Regions Bank on Cattlemen Rd in Sarasota Fl on Thursday, 12/18/08 at 2:00 pm and told them I knew of the check fraud scam and I had a counterfeit check drawn on "their Regions business account" and that there were no stops on it, so you better get yourself in gear and shut this scam down right now because I am sure you are going to be flooded with counterfeit checks in the next few hours, it appears they did and they were.

The check and letter came in an envelope post marked from Toronto CN, the exact address is; C.P. 3020 Station D Etobicoke ON, (near Toronto Intl Airport, see map click here) M9C 4V5.

The phone used to contact "Santa's Little Sweepstakes" 1-438-275-9373 is, of course, an untraceable cell phone (a drop); (438) 275-9373 is a CELLULAR numberPhone Company: BELL MOBILITYLocation: MONTREAL, CN... Copies Sent to the Toronto Police Department and the US Secret Service on 12/20/2008.

Oluwatosin Sanni, 19, and Ibhade Arebamen,22, of Drewry Ave. in Toronto are both charged with numerous fraud-related offences including four counts of fraud over $5000, eight counts of possession of property obtained by crime, theft of mail, possession of stolen mail, using mail to defraud and forgery.

Sanni is additionally charged with extortion, two counts of threatening death, attempt to obstruct justice, and two counts of possession of stolen property under $5000.

Arebamen is further charged with three counts of personation with intent.
Police believe the lab had been operating since December 2007. The investigation into these males and their criminal organization is continuing and investigators are asking potential victims who have received fraudulent 419 letters to contact Detective Jeff Caplan or Detective Mark Stone of the Durham Regional Police Major Fraud Unit at 905-579-1520 ext. 5228.

Anonymous tips can be made to the Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.
Bill Warner
private investigator
WBI Inc Private Detective Agency
Sarasota Fl