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Hawks arrest alleged 419 scammers

A Nigerian man and a South African woman were arrested for defrauding an American man.

A Nigerian man and a South African woman were arrested for defrauding an American man. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks believe two people, who were arrested in connection with an alleged 419 scam which targeted an American this week, were part of a bigger syndicate.

A 44-year-old Nigerian man and a 20-year-old South African woman were arrested in Sandton in northern Johannesburg on Friday for defrauding the US citizen of over R200,000.

The victim and the Nigerian met on an online professional network.

The American arrived in the country in March and gave the scammers over R200,000.

He alerted police on Wednesday when he became suspicious.

The two alleged fraudsters were charged with advance fee fraud and will appear in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court soon.