In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 12th, July, 2020

Drama As INTERPOL Arrests Three Nigerian Males For Multi-Million Naira COVID-19 Rip-off, Others

Drama As INTERPOL Arrests Three Nigerian Men For Multi-Million Naira COVID-19 Scam, Others


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In line with The Nation, three males have been arrested by the Police’ Cybercrime unit, INTERPOL Nationwide Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja, in relation to the suspected fraudulent on-line procurement and provide of COVID-19 protecting masks, obtained by way of the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.

The suspects, Samson Inegbenesun 30, Blessed Junior 32, and Muhammed Zakari 36, all natives of Uromi in Edo State, have been arrested for alleged cybercrime together with advance payment fraud, cash laundering and romance rip-off.

In line with the police, they belonged to a transnational syndicate that has defrauded their victims tons of of tens of millions in naira.

An announcement on Sunday by spokesman DCP Frank Mba mentioned Inegbenosun, a Turkey-based Nigerian, provided international and native financial institution accounts to obtain fraudulent funds.

He mentioned the accounts have been additionally used as conduits to different feeder accounts, including that the police recovered a home price N20million, a Toyota RAV4 2015 mannequin valued at N6.5million and a Toyota Matrix 2002 mannequin price N2,000,000 which he procured with proceeds of crime.

Junior, Mba mentioned, returned from Italy in February however maintained shut dealings together with his associates there.

“Investigations revealed that he has revamped  N120m from web fraud and different cybercrime dealings. He additionally obtained the sum of €52,000 not too long ago from his felony associates in Italy as fee for his lively involvement in a global cybercrime deal. He owns a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime.

“Zakari, an professional in web fraud, id theft and impersonation, falsely claimed to be a British citizen. He additionally posed as one Kelly Galk on on-line relationship apps which he used to hold out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the general public, regionally and internationally.

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“Investigation revealed he has made tens of millions of naira from his illicit cybercrime transactions since he joined the syndicate. All of the suspects will likely be charged to courtroom on conclusion of investigation and prosecuted in step with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.”

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