A Nigerian man was jailed for three years for cheating a Singaporean businessman who fell for his multi-million dollar Internet scam, court officials said on Tuesday.
Ronald Emmanuel Emeka, 30, promised in April to give businessman Ng Yong Ngee a 30% share of a non-existent $8.5 million commission for helping to transfer funds from a finance company in Britain.
In return, Ng would first have to come up with almost $31,000 to help pay for the banking fees to transfer the funds to Singapore.
Ng suspected something was amiss when payment of his commission was delayed repeatedly and made a police report about the scam.
Many Singaporeans have been duped by Internet scams promising huge commissions in return for helping to transfer a purported sum of money from one country to another.
Last year, five Singaporeans lost up to $188,680 after falling for similar e-mail scams, the Straits Times reported on Tuesday.