Mottingham lottery conman bagged £788,297

Patrick Emuh

Patrick Emuh

First published in Greenwich news News Shopper: Photograph of the Author by , deputy news editor

A MOTTINGHAM conman who convinced people they had won the lottery before charging them fees that bagged him £788,297 is facing jail.

Southwark Crown Court heard how Patrick Emuh, aged 54, of Bromhedge, cold-called and emailed at least 20 people from around the world, telling them they had won a lottery or inherited money from a distant relative.

Having tricked his victims into believing they were in line for thousands of pounds, Emuh instructed them to pay advance fees, taxes and handling charges to lay their hands on the cash.

In some cases, a person pretending to be a lawyer contacted victims to help them claim the sums, charging them more money.

The victims were asked to pay the money into bank accounts or by cash transfer. Some were talked into travelling to the UK where they were met by people posing as businessmen.

Police have already seized £60,000 from the conman and are now applying for a confiscation order to compensate the victims.

Emuh was convicted of 19 counts of acquiring criminal property and is scheduled to appear for sentence at the same court on January 8.

Financial investigator Doug Ferns of the Met's Specialist and Economic Crime Command said: "Emuh tricked people into believing they had struck it lucky and when he was caught out he had the audacity to claim that the victims were in fact business customers.

"A thorough investigation of his bank accounts, mobile phones and computer combined with the many witness statements allowed us to see right through his story.

"People like Emuh are driven by greed and because of the potential pay off of a con like this they will go to unbelievable lengths to convince their victim that it is genuine, as Emuh did.

"If a stranger contacts you saying you have inherited money or won a lottery and must pay fees to access your windfall, do not believe it. Call the police."

For advice on these scams visit actionfraud.police.uk

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1:30pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Dreamsofnurse says...

"If a stranger contacts you saying you have inherited money or won a lottery and must pay fees to access your windfall, do not believe it. Call the police." - I'd never be off the phone to them!
"If a stranger contacts you saying you have inherited money or won a lottery and must pay fees to access your windfall, do not believe it. Call the police." - I'd never be off the phone to them! Dreamsofnurse
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3:09pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott says...

When people are so stupid as to believe such tales, is it any wonder that con artists will target them?
When people are so stupid as to believe such tales, is it any wonder that con artists will target them? Lord Erastus Theobald Piggott
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3:50pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Eagles_Man says...

Strangers at some dodgy-sounding organisation called HMRC contact me every year to promise me all sorts of state-provided goodies, which sound too good to be true (and so they probably are), in return for an advance payable by 31st January.

Is it 999 or 101 I'm supposed to call?
Strangers at some dodgy-sounding organisation called HMRC contact me every year to promise me all sorts of state-provided goodies, which sound too good to be true (and so they probably are), in return for an advance payable by 31st January. Is it 999 or 101 I'm supposed to call? Eagles_Man
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6:03pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Slonik says...

It doesn't seem to matter how many times this sort of scam is publicised across the media, there are always people naive and/or stupid enough to believe it.
I feel sorry for those whose lives have been blighted by scum like this guy but many of them have just been stupid and greedy.
It doesn't seem to matter how many times this sort of scam is publicised across the media, there are always people naive and/or stupid enough to believe it. I feel sorry for those whose lives have been blighted by scum like this guy but many of them have just been stupid and greedy. Slonik
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7:41pm Tue 4 Dec 12

Gypo.Joe says...

Well I'm still waiting for my lottery winnings from Nigeria. HRH Sir Greville Starkey assured me I had won a fortune.

Lets all hope Emuh finds his very own version of Rod Hull inside and gets fisted often.
Well I'm still waiting for my lottery winnings from Nigeria. HRH Sir Greville Starkey assured me I had won a fortune. Lets all hope Emuh finds his very own version of Rod Hull inside and gets fisted often. Gypo.Joe
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7:59am Thu 3 Jan 13

glenn_london says...

I still remember being offered millions of pounds for helping out a poor guy who'd come into money via an email, several times! Should be with me any day now after all they have all my account details!

You have to be some sort of fool to fall for these chancers, if it sounds to good to be true..... it normally is!
I still remember being offered millions of pounds for helping out a poor guy who'd come into money via an email, several times! Should be with me any day now after all they have all my account details! You have to be some sort of fool to fall for these chancers, if it sounds to good to be true..... it normally is! glenn_london
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