Names of Nigerian Scammers Arrested & Convicted – August 2022

Names of Nigerian Scammers Arrested & Convicted – August 2022

(Last Updated On: September 5, 2022)

Nigerian Scammers Arrested & Convicted

August 2022

Law Enforcement Activity

Reported by SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS.

It Is Important That All Victims Understand That Real Progress Is Being Made

In August 2022 there were: 159 Convictions – 495 Arrests in Nigeria

Scammers are being arrested every day! When measured worldwide an average of over 1,500 scammers are arrested a day.

In 2021 alone, over 540,000 scammers/fraudsters were arrested worldwide.

This is a trend that has been growing for the last 5 years that is expected to continue. Even in Nigeria, the growth in arrests is nothing short of amazing!

In an effort to promote transparency of law enforcement successes and failures in West Africa we have decided to start listing the criminals arrested or convicted each month from Nigeria. If Ghana or the other countries start contributing, we will list them too, but we will start with just Nigeria.

Please Note:

This is based upon information provided by local law enforcement and may be subject to revision without notice, and for that reason may be incomplete. They are presented as received – in no particular order.

Do You Recognize Any Arrested Names?

If you do you can contact the EFCCEFCC Economic and Financial Crimes Commission The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is a Nigerian law enforcement agency that investigates financial crimes such as advance fee fraud (419 fraud), scams, and money laundering. The EFCC was established in 2003, partially in response to pressure from the Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF), which named Nigeria as one of 23 countries non-cooperative in the international community's efforts to fight money laundering. The agency has its head office in Abuja, Nigeria. to submit a victim’s impact statement for their trial. Victim impact statements can influence the court during sentencing. See below for how to create and prepare one.

EFCC CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE:  info@efcc.gov.ng  and  info@efccnigeria.org

Scammers Arrested – A Subset of the 495 Arrested in August

  1. Arebu Julius
  2. Ebiechuwa Victory Ovie
  3. John Uwague
  4. Edward Asuelimhen
  5. Onyeka Sunday
  6. Omorefe Osazee
  7. Kelvin Emmanuel
  8. Osamuliamen Maxwell
  9. Osrmudiamen Aganjele
  10. Godday Osaretin
  11. Osayande Osariemen
  12. Destiny Enobokhare
  13. Daniel Collins
  14. Collins Edobor
  15. Chukwuemeka Johnson
  16. Omofuma Godpower
  17. Progress Edoagu
  18. Eze Stanley Chineze
  19. Emmanuel Chijioke Ejikeme
  20. Chinonso Edwin Abonyi
  21. Emmanuel Akoi Chibuike
  22. Henry Umenyi Chukwualuka
  23. Ayo Iteze Chidiebere
  24. Emeka Justice
  25. Emmanuel Ayakem
  26. Ememuo Innocent Ifeanyi
  27. Odinaka Udeh
  28. Okonkwo Stanley Chukwuma
  29. Ezeakolam Godswill Chihurumnanya
  30. Emmanuel Mgbakor kenechukwu
  31. Benneth Odinaka
  32. Ndefor Chukwudi
  33. Ngadi Chima
  34. Akalam Lucky Ibuchi
  35. Akalam Michael
  36. Justus Akalam Chunazom
  37. Akalam Kenneth
  38. David Monday Ebuka
  39. Uchechukwu Kingsley Ebuka
  40. Henry Echezona
  41. Onyedika Chukwu
  42. Abuchi Awa
  43. Henry Adumaka
  44. Chidera Chika
  45. Malachi Asonbe
  46. Cosmos Obidimma
  47. Akuma Wisdom
  48. Agwu Victor
  49. Godwin Okoro
  50. Obumneke Nwankwo
  51. Igboanugo Charles
  52. Ibeh Chisom
  53. Agbafuna Ifeanyi
  54. Chukwu Joseph
  55. Chukwu Benard
  56. Anson Ugochukwu
  57. Mathew Chukwuemeka
  58. Temple Emmanuel
  59. Buba Mohammed
  60. Yusuf Umar
  61. Surajo Shehu
  62. Abubakar Abdullahi
  63. Salisu Mohammed
  64. Quadri Sulaiman
  65. Nwafor Chinonso
  66. Abdullahi Isa
  67. Mustapha Mohammed
  68. Buhari Hassan
  69. Basiru Jafaru
  70. Murtala Jafaru
  71. Jafaru Abdullahi
  72. Osama Abraham Obasohan
  73. Okunnuwa Moses
  74. Osalenlen Celestine
  75. Bassey Sunday Junior
  76. Samson Zachariah
  77. Ogonyi Jeremiah
  78. Sunday Martins
  79. Austin Yayison
  80. Wilson Chinaza
  81. Emmanuel Adeyi
  82. Samuel Mark
  83. Emmanuel Bassey
  84. Kelvin Azuibike
  85. Andrew Otuokparwo
  86. Miracle Eloze
  87. Junior Oseyi
  88. Okoye Godfrey
  89. Oseiwa Oifoghe
  90. Odia Sylvester
  91. Ekhazor Evans
  92. Collins Akpotu
  93. Victor Okoh
  94. Francis Agathor
  95. Lucky Uchechukwu Ndukwe
  96. Precious Omonkhoa Ofure
  97. Monye Chukwudi
  98. Egwasor Jim
  99. Osasuyi Nosa
  100. Erhabor Osaikhuwu
  101. Gazali Ado
  102. Kelvin Essien
  103. Michael Ekene
  104. Steve Ochanogor
  105. Oladujoye Samuel
  106. Ohaeme Samuel
  107. George Emeka
  108. Adenigbo Igbola
  109. Famugiloh Hakeem
  110. Samuel Elohor
  111. Michael Ugochukwu
  112. Olumide Olalekan
  113. Ayanipo David
  114. Adulawo Oladipupo Victor
  115. Okenwa Emeka Okobi
  116. Adeyanju Olamide Blessing
  117. Temi Simon
  118. Elias Andrew Ogbe
  119. Elvis Akuya
  120. Onyebuchi Chisom
  121. Abraham Nnana
  122. Nwune Fortune
  123. Golden Felix
  124. Azeri Olam
  125. Sushie Christian
  126. Michael Chidiebere
  127. Ogbu Chekwube
  128. Edeh Peter
  129. Nweze Ifeanyi
  130. Emeka Nwankwo
  131. John Chibuike
  132. Paschal Tochukwu
  133. Eze ifeanyi
  134. Raphael Chukwuemeka P.
  135. Kennwth Akwozo
  136. Chukwuebuka Ogbonna
  137. Chunedu Ephraim N.
  138. Emmanuel Nnaji
  139. Ychenna Nweke E.
  140. Orji Chisom
  141. Eze Emmanuel
  142. Obodoeze Samson
  143. Onyedikachi Samuel
  144. Ikenna Chijioke
  145. James Tochukwu
  146. Uche Obieze
  147. Ekwunife Chinonso
  148. Adimoranma Christian
  149. Godwin Chukwuemeka
  150. Nnamezie Chidi
  151. Bright Chineme
  152. Vitus Makwe
  153. Nwokeji Joshua Chetachukwu
  154. Nzube Daniel
  155. Stephen Ogbuabor
  156. Sunday Dimeze Chidi
  157. Ebuka Ilouno
  158. Michael Chidere
  159. Ikechukwu Michael
  160. Oferka Frank
  161. Onyia Joseph
  162. Amagba Tochukwu
  163. Ogbuabor Emmanuel
  164. Michael Obi
  165. Emmanuel Chidere
  166. Chijioke Ugwu
  167. Ugwuoko Obinna
  168. Emeka Obilo
  169. Mbah Ebube
  170. Onah Kasie
  171. Nnonyelu Favour Chioma
  172. Ajator Henry Sopulu
  173. Ego Andy Seji
  174. Okeke Ikechukwu Jude
  175. Oshioriamite Perfect
  176. Ego Akin
  177. Oyewole Damilola
  178. Ovin Adekunle
  179. Ovin Nicholas
  180. Ridwan Iyiola
  181. Aregbesola Tobiloba
  182. Oladosu Saheed
  183. Oseni Omotara
  184. Abel Durotimi
  185. Oyeneye Rilwan Adetola
  186. Omoregbe Destiny Nosa
  187. Evbonaye Olaleye
  188. Adeyemo Abiola
  189. Temitope Ajetonmobi
  190. Dare-Ilori Oreoluwa David
  191. Adekanye Ayodeji Ezekiel
  192. Osagie Harry Odosa
  193. Arowolo Oluwafemi Isaac
  194. Agbaje Jackson Babatunde
  195. Owolabi Temiloluwa Dominion
  196. Fadipe Biodun Idris
  197. Agbayo Moshood Oriyomi
  198. Sylvester Evans
  199. Oshokoya Olaoluwa Muritalah
  200. Omotoye Collins Oluwaseun
  201. Hassan Abdulwahab Oladimeji
  202. Austin Okolo
  203. Modebe Olisa
  204. Onyemailu Chisom
  205. Igbudy Collins Eloho
  206. Onyema Okwuose
  207. Daniel Idoko Emumena
  208. Chidibele Kelvin
  209. Pius Ikwebe
  210. Azubuike Maxwell Odor
  211. Obaze Justice
  212. Monye Emeka Divine
  213. Okirhienye Oghenetega
  214. Anointed Governor
  215. Nebeolisa Obinna
  216. Johnson Nnaemeka
  217. Augstine Imunor
  218. Ukazu Henry
  219. Destiny Ikpekpe
  220. Joromi Odoko
  221. Clinton Oletu Emma
  222. Nicholas Brain
  223. Anamali Azuka
  224. Nonye Fimber Dugbele
  225. Nwazi Ebuka
  226. Chmezie Emeka
  227. Onyeje Chuka
  228. Peter Ennemakwu Agbenyo
  229. Bobo Alfred
  230. George Igbinigie
  231. Olumofin Sandra
  232. Ighalo Emmanuel
  233. John Paul
  234. James Obele
  235. Godwin Dan
  236. Chidi Obele
  237. John Obo
  238. Omoike Godson
  239. Ihonor Maruis
  240. Omoarebun Godstime
  241. Omoarebun Esteem
  242. Okiki Julius
  243. Godwin Omoruyi
  244. Albert Success
  245. Michael Kenny
  246. Raymond Amaechi
  247. Okiki Tombra
  248. Amos Worwei
  249. Soware Evans
  250. Eroesiri Whiskel
  251. Daniel Chukwuemeka
  252. Okechukwu Chisom
  253. John Chizoba
  254. Benard Uguochukwu
  255. Nwobodo Christian
  256. Nwiba Chukwuemeka
  257. Eze Ani Ifechukwu
  258. Chikwe James
  259. Emmanuel Chukwuebuka
  260. Ezugwu Chidera
  261. Friday Daniel
  262. Destiny Ekene
  263. Prosper Nnachetam
  264. Justice Chinedu
  265. Bright Chimezie
  266. Ezugu Nkejika
  267. Echi Ikechukwu
  268. Udeh Emeka
  269. Charles Kosisochukwu
  270. Ojinaka Smith
  271. Ekene Chukwuebuka
  272. Efe Samuel
  273. Goodness Ifeanyi
  274. Victory Anointing
  275. Uche Egbo
  276. Onuigbo Kingsley
  277. Okakpu Chukwuemeka
  278. Nnamdi Odo
  279. Mbah Emmanuel
  280. Collins Nweke
  281. Jason Obi
  282. Yahaya Abdulrahman
  283. Mohammad Iliyasu
  284. Mba Richard Oguge
  285. Ogochukwu Ifeanyi Charles
  286. Fredrick Mba
  287. Gospel Uduak James
  288. Charles Chukwuemeka
  289. Daniel Ekanem Daniel
  290. Andikan Udofot
  291. Omolade Fortune
  292. Abdullahi Kehinde Tawab
  293. Ayomide Alase Abiodun
  294. Hassan Larla Olamilekan
  295. Makinde Adebowale Saheed
  296. Tofunmi Oyebade Segun
  297. Rotimi Gbadamosi Ayomide
  298. Igbamidun Joshua Olamiposi
  299. Gbadamosi Samson Tobiloba
  300. Qodir Ayoola Babalola
  301. Frank Obi Ogechukwu
  302. Olawale Abowaba Joshua
  303. Dauda Kareem Oladayo
  304. Hammed Dauda Akanji
  305. Yusuf Akorede Abiodun
  306. Haruna Adedoyin Kayode
  307. Yusuf Lawale Raji
  308. Adejare Ayuba Olamide
  309. Owolabi Gbadamosi Moses
  310. Victor Salami Gbenga
  311. Abdullahi Teslim Taiwo
  312. Oluwaseun Abowaba Samuel
  313. Alase Ayodele Philip
  314. Oduola Kunmi Ireola
  315. Ajayi Olumide Olamilekan
  316. Opeyemi Samuel Enitan
  317. Yusuf Ayobami Qudus
  318. Atanda Jamiu Olamide
  319. Ibrahim Bashit Alade
  320. Ilori Peter Oladapo
  321. Bala Caleb Abdulkarim
  322. Ayuba Bala
  323. Adebayo Olubunmi
  324. Yusuf Salawu
  325. Victor Yakubu
  326. Victor Udeh
  327. Abutu Francis
  328. Moses Akeji
  329. Aiyegbe ThankGod
  330. Eniola Adeniji
  331. Abraham Ayodele
  332. Julius Omowale
  333. Samuel Onojah
  334. Saka Usman Ojo
  335. Isaac Emmanuel
  336. Yusuf Mohammed
  337. Ibrahim Musa
  338. Omaonu Ojochenemi Victor
  339. Olawale Ipadeola
  340. Opeyemi Badmus
  341. Wasiu Babatunde
  342. Ahmed Umar
  343. Onome Omavuebe Stansley
  344. Progress Ikechukwu
  345. Fejiro Oyawiri
  346. Ifeanyi Louis
  347. Joseph Monday
  348. Ikegwuolu Wogbuom
  349. Chimobi Henry
  350. Victory Erebere
  351. Chiwendu Lucky
  352. Jasson Ovesuor
  353. Miracle Harrison
  354. Favour Prosper Iheancho
  355. Emeji Gad Chinedu
  356. Perculia Ikechukwu
  357. Eze Gift
  358. Chiemela Uzodinma
  359. Chidebere Eze
  360. Bright Umoh
  361. Raphael Akuru
  362. Prince Chris
  363. Hillary Ifeanyi Nwosu
  364. Destiny Ogueri
  365. Terri Afori
  366. Daniel Atuzie
  367. Justice Nicholas
  368. Victor Nnemeka
  369. Temitope Ezekiel
  370. Anthony Otuke
  371. Nelson Matthew
  372. Adolphus Iheanyi
  373. Omosakin Akinwale
  374. Royal Nicolas
  375. Henry Anthony
  376. Obi Ezekiel
  377. Gift Kalu
  378. Nichael Emmanuel
  379. Chukwuemeka Emeluwe
  380. ThankGod Emmanuel
  381. Nicholas Chibueze
  382. Azubueke Precious
  383. Eze Promise
  384. Diamond Emesin
  385. Tejiro Napoleon
  386. Temple Alalibo
  387. David Christian
  388. Idonesit Ekpo
  389. Martin John Gospel
  390. Thomas Osigbemen
  391. Kennedy Uwuigbe
  392. Osameda Osazee
  393. Enofe Macaulay
  394. Wilfred Ikhireagie
  395. Osayande Prosper
  396. Adipe Philip
  397. Akpa Allenxander
  398. Andrew Odokor
  399. Ishegbe Samuel
  400. Peter Ajine
  401. Emmanuel Jayeoba
  402. Ademola Jayeoba Wales
  403. Ogunnowo Aderosola
  404. Adebesin Adeyinka
  405. Nkeokelonye Stanley Ifeanyi
  406. Afolabi Babatunde Oluwaseun
  407. Onyeka Nwokoro
  408. Micheal Adedayo Owolabi
  409. Musah Esosa Hakeem
  410. Osim Happiness
  411. Sanusi Timilehin Olawale
  412. Sanusi Timilehin Rasak
  413. Emmanuel Obogo Adeja
  414. Ogunnowo Eniola
  415. Idahosa Samuel Osas
  416. Alabi Ajekola Peter
  417. Timilehin Damilola Emmanuel
  418. Egbuno Ifeanyi Favour
  419. Jimoh Oluwapelumi Ibrahim
  420. Oluwole Olaitan
  421. Emmanuel Emeka Okeke
  422. Olota Albert
  423. Richard Asubi

Note that we believe this is only a partial list based on what was provided. However, a total of 495 scammers/criminals were arrested in August.

To see their PHOTOS visit www.ScammerPhotos.com

Scammers Convicted

  1. Jimoh Hamza
  2. David Joseph
  3. Osondu Obinna Stanley
  4. Praise Yusuf
  5. Ashiru Adamu
  6. Abdulwasiu Yunus
  7. Yusuf Buhari
  8. Joseph Jerry
  9. Solomon (aka Rick Rick)
  10. Jatto Mujeeb
  11. Opeyemi Bhadmus Abdulsamad
  12. Ipadeola Olawale
  13. Tomiwa Kingsley
  14. Kolawole Segun
  15. Awujoola Jobi Muiz (a.k.a Brenda Laska Lukas)
  16. David Sunday Chukwudi (a.k.a Dreak Frank)
  17. Samuel Stephen Shekwuduza (a.k.a Mcillwain Huong)
  18. Salawu Ayobami Adeyemi(a.k.a Roselin Dave)
  19. Adikpo Diamond Aondover
  20. Mathew Itodo Onyilo
  21. Taiwo Oreagba
  22. Bambgbose Temitayo Abiodun (a.k.a Scott Buchanan)
  23. Adebayo Sodik (Trisha Patterson)
  24. Yekini Ismail Omokayode
  25. Ayoade Taofeek Adekunle (a.k.a Jessica Weaver)
  26. Taiwo Babalola Oluwatope (a.k.a Bram Sem)
  27. Ibrahim Ayinla Ajadi (a.k.a Chris Young)
  28. Sodiq Razaq Olamilekan (a.k.a Daren Amanda)
  29. Adams Rasaq Lekan (a.k.a Angelina Gomez)
  30. Emeka Anaga
  31. Anas Bello Tangaza
  32. Nwani Chukwuma
  33. Opara Emeka Peter
  34. Moses Igomah Okini
  35. Abu Solomon
  36. Nureni Olalekan
  37. Bashir Abdullahi (aka One Eye General)
  38. Adeyemi Israel Abiodun
  39. Yekeen Azeez Ishola
  40. Okeniyi Sanuel Akiniyi
  41. Theophilus Ademola Bukola
  42. Salami Mohammed Adetayo
  43. Pelumi Ajayi Temiloluwa
  44. Lawal Abdullateef Olalekan
  45. Okusanwo Mayowa Daniel
  46. Oluwole Oluwasegun Ayomide
  47. Adedotun Omodele Yusuf
  48. Monday Nnaemeka Samuel
  49. Idowu Adeshina
  50. Olowe Nifemi Ayomide
  51. Adubu Olamiotan Sunday
  52. Kehinde Olatunji Kehinde
  53. Oguntuase Tope Francis
  54. Elijah Isaac Wisdom
  55. Ogbanaya Chukwu Chukwu
  56. Adekola Adekunle
  57. Odebode Temiloluwa Kehinde
  58. Joseph Odunayo Clement
  59. Andrew Adekunle Masika
  60. Usman Mubarak Damilare
  61. Isiaka Olumide Hammed
  62. Uawu Osita Henry
  63. Kareem Afeez Alabi
  64. Ogunyemi Ayobami Samuel
  65. Mimiola Victor Olamide
  66. Adeeko Kolade Emmanuel
  67. Egberongbe Adedayo Quam
  68. Oyelaran Olayiwola Jeremaih
  69. Hammed Rilwan Ishola
  70. Adefowora Omotayo David
  71. Adedeji Ibrahim Olamilekan
  72. Emmanuel Timileyin Akinbowale
  73. Michael Damola Olanrewaju
  74. Ayanyemi Olaide Samuel
  75. Boye Timilehin Emmanuel
  76. Timileyin Ajibola Idowu
  77. Azeez Tolulope Ayoade
  78. Sanni Joshua Omeiza
  79. Badmus Usman Olaitan
  80. Jimoh Olawale AbdulAzeez
  81. Jeremiah Joseph (aka Means Smith)
  82. Sani Zakariyyah Onoruoiza
  83. Nnabuihe Martins
  84. Joseph Amoto
  85. Muhammed Soliu
  86. Alkali Wakil, a.k.a Mama Boko Haram
  87. Tahiru Saidu Daura
  88. Prince Lawal Shoyede
  89. Adetuberu Christopher Adetoyese
  90. Jumbo Owoidihe Otu
  91. Ojekale Samuel Ayodimeji
  92. Azeez Toheeb Oluwatemilorun
  93. Ayomide Michael Eniola
  94. Adetona Oladimeji Abdulazeez
  95. Shonola Gafar Opeyemi
  96. Stephen Babi Charles
  97. Ogunyemi Olajide Temitope
  98. Olamilekan Fafiolu Quadri
  99. Olamilekan Paul Akinyemi
  100. Ayegbusi Ayokunle
  101. Taiwo Azeez Dolapo
  102. Adeogun Usman Oluwatobiloba
  103. Oyewumi Michael Oluwapelumi
  104. Amedari Halilu Bala
  105. Olamilekan Wasiu Durojaiye
  106. Yusuf Adetokunbo
  107. Fatai Musbau Opeyemi
  108. Ayodele Olumide Sunday
  109. Oribolawa Idris Abiodun
  110. Abdulahi Malek Olaniyi
  111. Onigbinde Rasaq Oyindamola
  112. Emmanuel Victor Mayowa
  113. Moses Oyowevotu Oghenaire
  114. Awwal Babatunde Arekemase
  115. Adewale Ayomipo Owolabi
  116. Yusuf David Olamide
  117. Atitade Hassan Ajao
  118. Hammed Olamilekan (aka James Wright)
  119. Shina Victor (aka Alecia Moore Pink)
  120. Isaac Garba Amos (aka Jeong Ho)
  121. Abdul Salam Isiaka (aka. America Smith)
  122. Ahmed Abdul Razak (aka Romilda Carlos)
  123. Nnabuihe Micheal ( aka Wayne Henderson, Leonard Maxine, Alex issued Lea and Deanne Manly)
  124. Bemu Edward David (aka Mike Alexander Valencia)
  125. Bemu Eric Praise (aka Lila Anderson)
  126. Destiny Maikarfi (aka Dfb-Hack and Rockunlockz)
  127. Paul Adebayo
  128. Ambrose Eden Onyemaechi (aka Hugh Jackman)
  129. Kamaldeen Abdullahi (aka Amelia Ralf)
  130. Collins Mitchell Ojonye (aka Derrick Richie)
  131. Jeremiah Ogbe Emmanuel
  132. Samuel Anakaa
  133. Daniel Saka
  134. Ogbor Eliot
  135. Kelvin Chris
  136. Bisiriyu Abdulfatai
  137. Awopetu Gbolahan Emmanuel
  138. Johnbull Kingsley
  139. Dikko Umar
  140. Shittu Taiwo
  141. Olaniyi Roqueeb Ajibola
  142. Samuel Josiah
  143. Emejom Jude Chinomso
  144. Okolie Collins
  145. Hezekiah Oghenekume
  146. Musa Dauda
  147. Akinselure Adebayo
  148. Obafemi Oluwatosin
  149. Ali Sani Yaro
  150. Lateef Adedeji Sulaiman
  151. Iliasu Azeez Olajuwon
  152. Adebanji Ayomide Idowu
  153. Joseph Timileyin Evbosaru
  154. Ademola Azeez Taiwo
  155. Hassan Warith Ademola
  156. Idowu Babatunde Awojulu
  157. Olagoke Olalekan Bayo
  158. Victor John Enya
  159. Noble Dainge Tamunoateli

Note that we believe this is only a partial list based on what was provided. The EFCC shows 159 convictions in August.

See the JULY 2022 list click here

VICTIM IMPACT STATEMENTS

What is a Victim Impact Statement?

A Victim Impact Statement is a written or oral statement presented to the court at the sentencing of the defendant.  Many times victims, their family members, and friends of the victim participate in both written and verbal statements.  More often than not, numerous individuals write letters to the sentencing judge, and only a few of those directly connected to the crime speak at sentencing.  Victim Impact Statements were created as an opportunity for the judge to hear how a criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. action has affected you and those that you love.  Victim Impact Statements are not limited to the courts.  Many times, probation or paroling agencies allow for an opportunity to present a statement as well.

How to Write a Victim Impact Statement?

As you are preparing your impact statement, you may find that using the following questions can guide you.  Remember that writing about your feelings may be very painful, so be sure to pace yourself and don’t feel that you need to have it “perfect”.  Be gentle with yourself and take as many breaks as you need.  As you are preparing your statement, you may find that the following questions can guide you:

  • How did the crime affect you and your family?
  • What was the emotional impact of the crime on you and your family?
  • What was the financial impact on you and your family?
  • Do you have any recommendations for the court about the disposition (sentencing) of this case?
  • Is there anything else you would like to tell the court?

The above guidelines do not cover the totality of the impact of crime but may be used as a starting point.  Victim Impact statements are unique to you and people have various ways of expressing how crime has affected them.  Even though guidelines are typically given to you before sentencing, and there is much flexibility in how you present your statement, there are things you will need to take into consideration.

DO THIS:

Write simply and descriptively.  Your goal is to help the court feel your traumaTrauma Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. Psychological trauma can leave you struggling with upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away. It can also leave you feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people. Traumatic experiences often involve a threat to life or safety or other emotional shocks, but any situation that leaves you feeling overwhelmed and isolated can result in trauma, even if it doesn’t involve physical harm. It’s not the objective circumstances that determine whether an event is traumatic, but your subjective emotional experience of the event. The more frightened and helpless you feel, the more likely you are to be traumatized. Trauma requires treatment, either through counseling or therapy or through trauma-oriented support programs, such as those offered by SCARS.. While nobody can truly understand what you are feeling, you can help others identify with your trauma by using feeling-evoking words and phrases.  Using descriptive words can help people form an image of what you are saying.

Example:

Every morning when I wake up, I have to remind myself that my attacker won’t be able to hurt me today. If I don’t tell myself that I simply can’t get out of bed.  Since I was assaulted I have lost the full function of my right leg. I still have to go to the doctor for physical therapy and they fear that I still won’t be able to walk the same. I used to love to run, until my attacker took that away from me.  It hurts emotionally and physically to even make it to work in the morning. When I drive past the place that this all happened I try not to shake in fear.  I can’t sleep most nights without nightmares of my attacker. I so desperately want my life back. The life I had before he took my life away.

Another:

I was the victim of this person who deliberately manipulated me and stole my future in the cruelest possible way. He made me fall in love with a fake identity tht I truly believed was a real person, then manipulated me to drain my savings just so he could live a better life. Even at the end, he know how devestated I was when I found out and he just laughed and said I should kill myself. The loss of my savings means that I have no security in my future and I am now dependent on my family, something I never though I would. The trauma I have experienced from this has left me with long lasting PTSD and other psychological and emotional harm that I will live with all my life – all because this criminal wanted more bling.

  • Do address the judge, or paroling authority, when you speak.  You may want to talk directly to the offender.  If this is something you want to do, ask permission from the judge first.  You can still say what you need regarding the offender through the judge.
  • Do ask permission if a picture is part of your statement.  More often than not this is allowed, but any visual aids you utilize will need permission from the court first.
  • Do write out your statement in advance.  Presenting a statement is emotional.  You may think you know what you want to say but when the time comes, your emotions could take over and your train of thought is lost.  If this occurs, you can read directly from your statement.
  • Do have an alternate person that can read your statement in case you cannot finish.

Don’t Do This:

  • Don’t directly express your angerAnger Anger, also known as wrath or rage, is an intense emotional state involving a strong uncomfortable and non-cooperative response to a perceived provocation, trigger, hurt or threat. About one-third of scam victims become trapped in anger for extended periods of time following a scam. A person experiencing anger will often experience physical effects, such as increased heart rate, elevated blood pressure, and increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Some view anger as an emotion that triggers a part of the fight or flight response. Anger becomes the predominant feeling behaviorally, cognitively, and physiologically. Anger can have many physical and mental consequences. While most of those who experience anger explain its arousal as a result of "what has happened to them", psychologists point out that an angry person can very well be mistaken because anger causes a loss in self-monitoring capacity and objective observability. toward the court or the offender.  Your goal is to express your hurt and your pain, not to blameBlame Blame or Blaming is the act of censuring, holding responsible, making negative statements about an individual or group that their action or actions are socially or morally irresponsible, the opposite of praise. When someone is morally responsible for doing something wrong, their action is blameworthy. By contrast, when someone is morally responsible for doing something right, we may say that his or her action is praiseworthy. Blame imparts responsibility for an action or act, as in that they made a choice to perform that act or action..  The blame has already been placed on the offender, so now is the time to talk about what you have been experiencing through your loss.
  • Don’t use unsuitable language, as it will diminish the effectiveness of your statement.
  • Don’t describe what you want to happen to the offender in prison.  Please do not get descriptive about any harm you would like to see imposed.
  • Don’t put personal, identifying information in your letter and do not say it verbally in court.  This includes your physical address, mailing address, email address and phone number.  The offender will be provided copies of all letters submitted.  If you state this out loud in court, it will be another opportunity for the offender to contact you in the future.

What Happens to your Victim Impact Statement?  Do You Have to Read it in Court?

First, it depends on where the trial will be. If Nigeria for example, it is impractical to go there, so your statement is the only way you can be heard!

Preparing and presenting an impact statement in court, or in front of a paroling or probation agency, can be intimidating.  If you do not think you can physically stand in front of the offender and read your statement, have an alternate in mind beforehand.  It does not matter who presents your statement as long as you have identified this person in advance.  Many times, victim advocates are asked to present impact statements.  It does not have to be a victim advocate and should be someone you feel comfortable expressing your words.

If you submit a letter, this will become part of the court file, the prosecutor’s file, and the defense’s file.  Victim Impact Statements can also be included in the offender’s Department of Corrections file.  It could be subject to public disclosure.  This is why it is essential to not include contact information in your statements, written or verbally.

Why Write a Victim Impact Statement?

It is not mandatory you write an impact statement.  This is a right you have but not one you have to participate in.  Many choose not to participate.  There are several reasons why Victim Impact Statements are beneficial.  The reasons stated below are just a few.

  • The judge gets to hear your side of the story.  This is usually the first time this occurs.  Throughout the criminal justice process, the focus is on the offender.  Hearing from those that are affected by the crime puts a face to an often forgotten victim.
  • You have a chance to tell the judge how you want sentencing to occur.  More often than not, cases conclude by a plea offer.  Many times the prosecutor and defense have agreed to a recommended amount of time.  The judge is not bound by that agreement.  You can make a difference in the amount of time an offender receives by speaking up.  This is true in cases that go to trial as well.
  • You have the opportunity to address the court, and the offender by way of the court, about how the crime has affected you.  Many find this helpful in the journey of victimizationVictimization Victimization (or victimization) is the process of being victimized or becoming a victim. The field that studies the process, rates, incidence, effects, and prevalence of victimization is called victimology..  Letting those know how they harmed you can be beneficial for emotional well-being.
  • The impact statement becomes part of the offender’s permanent file.  It is a reminder of the harm they caused you.

Where To Send Them?

Contact your local policeLocal Police The Local Police is your first responder in most countries. In most English-speaking countries and in Europe report to them first. In other countries look for your national cybercrime police units to report scams to. In the U.S., Canada, & Australia, you must report to the local police first. or District/State Attorney/Prosecutor’s office for how to submit one.

In the case of foreign trials, such s with the EFCC – send them by email to the agency involved.

This Is A Perfect Example Of Why You Need To Preserve The Evidence

It is vital to never throw away the evidence of a crime. You never know when new opportunities may come up for refunds or tax deductions.

As we have seen over the years, surprise refund programs do happen and if you did not keep your evidence you could miss out.

It is also important to have the information about the crime well organized. This helps in reporting the crime but also going back – sometimes after years – to apply for refunds like this program might turn into. We recommend our SCARS RED BOOK crime organizer from shop.AgainstScams.org

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