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EFCC, FBI arrest 30 internet fraudsters

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Godsgift Onyedinefu 

The Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC).has partnered with the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to check the continous cases of internet fraud in Nigeria.

In its operation code named ” operation wire wire” no fewer than 30 suspects have been arrested mostly in Lagos.

The feat was achieved after months of surveillance to identify the suspects and their location, which was followed by a raid on internet fraudsters by operatives of the two agencies.

The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who on Thursday  confirmed the raids, said, they were carried out between May 23 and June 7, 2017.

Uwujaren said the agencies hauled in no fewer than 25 digital devices used by the fraudsters.

He stated: “Among the tools of operations used by the criminally-minded elements, which were retrieved by the anti-graft agencies included mobile phones and computers.

“The suspects, who are all linked to business email compromise, have made useful statements while documents recovered from them are being analysed.”

According to him, business email compromise is a sophisticated scam scheme which targets businesses involved with funds transfer as means of payment.

He said the perpetrators routinely compromise communication between the parties and change the bank details of the receiver of funds and send emails to the party expected to do the transfer, purporting to be the genuine receiver with the changed account detail.

 


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