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Crime, Table View

Canadian Woman Loses R24 Million in Online Romance Scheme: Nigerian National Arrested in Table View

Michael Hawthorne

CAPE TOWN – A 42-year-old Nigerian national is facing fraud charges after allegedly swindling a Canadian woman out of R24 million in a romance scam. The arrest was made on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, by the Western Cape Commercial Crime Investigation unit.

The victim reportedly met the suspect, known as “Raymond Butler,” on social media in 2022. The suspect cultivated an online relationship with the woman, eventually convincing her to invest R24 million in a fraudulent overseas project.

Following a thorough investigation, police arrested the 42-year-old Nigerian national at a residence in Parklands, Table View. He is expected to appear in the Cape Town Magistrates’ Court soon.

Police are urging women to be cautious of online relationships, especially if they involve requests for money. They have provided the following tips to help identify potential dating scammers:

If you suspect you are a victim of a romance scam, contact your local police department immediately.


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