When officers raided Asekomhe's flat they found forged blank cashier cheques.
Scam Judge Anthony Hammond recommended that Asekomhe, who came to Britain when he was 23, should be deported to Nigeria when he has finished his jail term. The fraudsters answered adverts and then used forged paperwork to swindle advertisers out carigslist thousands of dollars each.
Sunday Asekomhe, 26, was part of a gang of Nigerian conmen who used classified on the Craigslist website to target victims in the United States. Adverts were found for properties in 38 different UK towns and cities, the majority of which were in London. A SOCA investigator said: "To find every victim across America would have taken dozens of officers and several years work.
Asekomhe, who was studying at Bolton University, admitted conspiracy to defraud and was jailed for four-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court. But the law says nothing specific of sex-for-rent deals.
But other, less explicit adverts have been up for more than a month. Earlier this year Craigslist closed its dating section in the US following a new bill against sex trafficking. Three computers used in the fraud were found and instructions sent by some of the gang to other members.
The M. N has contacted Craigslist for comment.
The other gang members have not been caught. Park sealed off as ducks found dead in suspected 'avian botulism' outbreak Craigstlist has taken action to remove some of the more explicit adverts. Officials admitted they had no idea of the true extent of the scam.
Officers with the Serious Organised Crime Agency were not able to discover the of victims craigsljst believe the gang may have got away with millions of pounds. However eight per cent were based in Greater Manchester - the second largest concentration.
But the victim would get a forged cheque made out for thousands of dollars more than boltkn agreed figure. Detectives examined the typewriter ribbon and could see the imprinted names, addresses and other details of victims.
Young gay men have also been targeted in some adverts. They would then be sent s by gang members, and a fee for a deposit and initial rent payment would be agreed.
Some adverts specifically targeted vulnerable people. The scam craigxlist exposed when officers raided Asekomhe's flat in Velour Close, Salford, and found forged paperwork, computers and a typewriter. They would then be contacted again, told a 'mistake' had been made and asked to send the overpayment back to Britain through Western Union.