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EFCC/FBI raid internet fraudsters’ bases in Nigeria, arrest of 30 suspects

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By Soni Daniel, Abuja
In a bid to checkmate rising cases of internet fraud that has rob millions of unsuspecting Nigerians and foreigners of millions Naira, the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in collaboration with the American Federal Bureau of Investigation has arrested no fewer than 30 fraudsters engaged in the illicit trade.

EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu

The arrest of the suspects mostly in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, followed a raid on internet fraudsters by operatives of the two agencies, hauling in no fewer than 25 digital devices used in the nefarious activity.

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

Wilson said, “The joint operation was carried out as part of an exercise code named ‘Operation Wire Wire’ following months of surveillance to identify the suspects and their locations.

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

Business email compromise is a sophisticated scam scheme which targets businesses involved with funds transfer as means of payment.

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 details.

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