He’s also Benson Nwosu of Nigerian financial firm Fidelity Registrar as well as Neil Freeman, manager of the Inland Revenue Centre for Non-Residents in Nottingham.
At least, that was according to more than 400 letters Ilori was trying to post when he was arrested.
Ilori’s fake letters were part of a scam to extract money from victims called “advance fee fraud”.
There are numerous variations of this fraud with one common theme – victims think they’ve hit pay dirt but have to shell out first.
Action Fraud this week warned advance fee fraud was one of the top five scams targeting the UK. Jailing Ilori, 48, for three years, Judge Justice Abimbola this month accused him of “bastardising” the image of Nigeria and scaring away any potential investors.
Or as US comedian Andy Borowitz puts it: “A handful of Nigerian scam artists are wrecking it for all the honest Nigerians who want to wire money to us.”