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Fraudsters scam Nigerians with Russia World Cup passes

Excalibur

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Fraudsters have tricked scores of Nigerians by selling them football World Cup fan passes to travel to Russia, leaving many stranded and penniless, victims and anti-trafficking campaigners say.

Some Nigerians told AFP they used the official Fan IDs to come to Russia with the promise of finding work or even playing professional football themselves.

Others said they came to watch World Cup matches but got stranded when their return plane tickets were cancelled by bogus travel agencies that booked them.

Ismail Olamilekan, 21, and his brother Sodiq, 25, said they paid 250,000 naira (600 euros, $700) each to a man in Lagos for their Fan IDs.

"The man told us that with the Fan ID we could get a job and stay here," Ismail told AFP at a hostel on the outskirts of Moscow.

"But when we got here we discovered that it was a fraud, that he had just collected the money and lied to us."
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NarrowBandFtw

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#2
Chump change for the average Nigerian to lose, they've all inherited wealth from some prince in their family haven't they?
 

R13...

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Or the Nigerians are lying and using this scam as a scam to claim asylum in Russia. Nigerians do have a habit of travelling to foreign countries and then never going back when their visas expire.
 
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