Mike Ezuruonye has revealed how he has been battling with fraudsters using his identity to defraud innocent victims abroad. He revealed that the fraudsters are specialized in love scam.
During an interview, the award-winning actor lamented how he was even investigated by the police following the repeated use of his name and photos for internet fraud scam.
This has brought tears to me, so much embarrassment. I have even abroad before and someone has held my shirt and said “After talking to you yesterday, after doing everything for you, I sent 25 computers to your foundation, I sent money to you and now you come into this country, don’t tell me you are trying to sneak into this country.
“It’s so, so, sad, I have gotten death threats from people, I have gotten husbands of these people, boyfriends of these people, maybe because of the way I deal with it you know, that’s another thing. I have been sp used to get money off people. The EFCC in Benin have been so helpful, I mean, it is really really bad. I have seen five people caught. There was a time it was so much the Inspector General of Police’s office got my account investigated, I was invited to the IGP’s office in Abuja, it was that bad.
“I saw two boys walk in caught! I was expecting to see some very big boys but there were two little boys. All I could is why? Why this? Why are you doing? Even though i tried to plead, the police said no no, it is Nigeria verse them, it is their case. There was an unrepentant one that kept doing this and kept being warned. It was even that bad, they caught one, he ran away, they even went to catch his father and from what I hear, the father is still there with them,” he concluded.
He went on to appeal to people who make friends online to desist from communicating with people using his photo to ask for financial assistance or start a romantic relationship.