FBI raids Nigeria, US, UK, 7 other countries to arrest 281 internet fraudsters

By Moses Ime Etim
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FBI raids Nigeria, US, UK, 7 other countries to arrest 281 internet fraudsters.

 


Police in 10 countries have arrested 281 people they suspect of carrying out large-scale money-transfer scams.
Picture from an online survey conducted on a forum to ask Which Nigerian university do you think has Yahoo Boys the most?


The FBI co-ordinated the raids over several months against groups of people suspected of stealing millions of pounds from companies and individuals.
The scam involves tricking victims into wiring money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters.
Spoof email messages make the money-transfer requests appear to have come from bosses or other senior staff.


Almost $3.7m (£3m) in cash had been seized during the raids, said the FBI. Evidence gathered from the law enforcement operation should lead to another $118m being seized, it added.


The global campaign, Operation Rewired, saw raids in the US, UK, Nigeria, Turkey, Ghana, France, Italy, Japan, Kenya and Malaysia over the past four months.


Of those arrested, 167, were from Nigeria.
Ibrahim Magu, who chairs Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission according to BBC Africa report said the action was part of a larger effort against groups of suspected tech-savvy criminals called Yahoo boys.


As well as cash, Mr Magu said, the raids had also led to the seizure of exotic cars, plots of land in choice areas in Lagos and a property in Abuja.
The FBI urged anyone handling money transfer requests that arrived by email to take extra time to verify the identity of the sender and that the request was genuine.


In a report by BBC Africa, the scam, which the FBI calls Business Email Compromise (BEC), had led to losses of more than $26 billion globally since 2016, the FBI’s Internet Complaint Crime Center said.
Through Operation Rewired, we’re sending a clear message to the criminals who orchestrate these BEC schemes, We’ll keep coming after you, no matter where you are, said FBI director Christopher Wray

Catalin Cimpanu wrote on the ZDNet technology news website, BEC scams were once an outlier of the cyber-crime scene, but now it’s by far the most profitable category.

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Agu Tochukwu
3 years ago

Abegi forget dose ones and look at the mater on bold


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Ibrahim Abubakar
3 years ago

The trial of Internet fraudsters supposed to be dead sentence


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Moses Ime Etim
3 years ago

Lol @Agu

Which one is on bold, wen this criminals are really turning this country and the above mentioned to sumfink else. #Scammers 


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Olumide Pius
3 years ago

Inside life..  ..


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Idara Isong
3 years ago
Omo forget that one
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Dauda Ibrahim
3 years ago

Hmmmmmmmmm! Unemployment contributes to this act,  I think.


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fraudsters have really caused so much havoc on people 


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Ayuba Shedrack
3 years ago

Hmmm boys are hustling government give boy work oh


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Okpalaeke Samuel
3 years ago

The trial of internet fraudster


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This is wonderful. May God help them 


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Shadrack Calvin
3 years ago

Hmmmmmmm oh....


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Samuel Bernard
3 years ago

That serves them right, FBI rode on


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Bongilli Joyce
3 years ago

Weldone FBI, please continue to carry out your raid.


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Otiky Isong
3 years ago


 

Yahoo yahon boys
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good one to reduced fraudster
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Ayuba Shedrack
3 years ago

Na wa oh naija


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Boys are not smiling 


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Lucky Friday
3 years ago


 

Leaf them 4nw an woford on order matter
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Bongilli Somiete
3 years ago

Nice one, thanks


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3 years ago

Keep it up


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