It appears Nigerians outside Nigeria would never be able to stay out of trouble, giving the country a terrible image.

Just this Thursday an American court sentenced a Nigerian man to 3 years and five months in jail over an email scam.

And one would have believed it was the ones in America and Europe that were always getting into these kinds of trouble. But alas, in faraway Vietnam, Southeast Asia, Nigerians are still getting into trouble.

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On Friday, a Vietnamese local media reported that a Southern Vietnam court sentenced a Nigerian to 18 years in prison over a fake customs enforcement scam.

The Nigerian, Michael Ikechukwu Leonard, a 45-year-old man, was convicted on Thursday of “deceiving others to steal their assets” in a scam which targeted wealthy Vietnamese women.

The court in Can Tho city determined that Leonard gained his victims’ trust on messaging apps using various alter egos, including an American army officer.

Leonard was said to have promised to send his victims valuable presents, including laptops and jewelry from America.

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But Leonard did not act alone. He had local partners in crime including Huynh Ha Binh, Huynh Ha Uyen and Nguyen Tran Quynh Nhi, who would then contact the women claiming to be customs agents and demand fees or fines for the non-existent shipments.

The report said nemesis caught up with Leonard and his gang after they successfully conned a woman in Can Tho out of 28,500 dollars, leading to their arrest.

It is unclear how many women were duped by the gang in total.

Leonard’s accomplices received sentences ranging from 12 to 15 years.

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