EFCC Arrests 22 Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Owerri

 

Operatives of the Uyo zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), have arrested 22 suspected internet fraudsters at different locations in Imo state.

The all-male suspects, whose ages range between 20 and 41, were nabbed recently at “Sight and Services” within “World Bank”, in Ugwuma Town and “Road Safety” by Toronto road, Egbu, Owerri, Imo state.

They are: Chinonso Anozie Frank; Ogadibo Victor Chikeluba; Clinton Njoku Onyekachi; Okoro Edwin Chigozie; Anozie Chibuzor Harold; Anyaeriuba Canice; Ogbuehi Anderson; Okere Nonye; Njoku Paul Chibuike; Ndalaka Felix Chukwuebuka and Anele Chibuike Timothy.

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Others are; Chidi Kalu; Uparai Daniel; Ubochi Christian Ikechukwu; Udoka Obi; Chiagozie Morris Obiano; Moses Akaedite; Henry Princewill Chisom; Prince Ibe; Ugwuegbu Fredrick Ekenna, William Peter Obinna and Udoka Ihiekwe Kelechi.

At the point of arrest, several cars and gadgets were recovered from them and they include a black Lexus E5 330; a silver-coloured Toyota Corolla LE, a silver-coloured Toyota Camry, and a blue Toyota Corolla LE.

Others include a silver -coloured Lexus E5; a black Toyota Venza, a grey -coloured Mercedes ML350 SUV and a silver- coloured Toyota Highlander SUV.

Also recovered from them are 15 laptops and 20 sophisticated mobile phones.

The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

EFCC Arrests Three Suspected Internet Fraudsters In Abuja

 

The Abuja zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), has arrested three suspected internet fraudsters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for their alleged involvement in romance scam, identity theft, and other internet-related fraud.

The suspects, Ajayiton Harry (27), Okoro Daniel (28), and Oziegbe Precious Ehijele (27) were arrested in their hideout in Flat G2, Plot 334, Dawaki, behind News Engineering, Abuja, following intelligence volunteered by concerned citizens in the area.


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Items recovered from the suspects include two Lexus R350 SUV, three laptops, and expensive phones.

They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Presidential Appointment: DSS Arrests Man Who Attempted $50,000 Fraud

DSS spokesman, Dr Peter Afunaya, addressing reporters at the Service’s headquarters in Abuja on August 11, 2020.

 

The Department of State Services (DSS) has arrested a suspect for attempting to defraud his victim of $50,000 to secure a presidential appointment.

DSS Public Relations Officer, Dr Peter Afunaya, paraded the suspect on Tuesday at a press briefing in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

He identified the suspect as Mohammed Momoh, a 42-year-old indigene of Kogi State in Nigeria’s north-central region.

Afunaya explained that Mohammed was caught while trying to obtain the sum from his victim whom he promised to assist in securing an appointment as a Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari.

The suspect, Mohammed Momoh, is being paraded at the DSS headquarters in Abuja on August 11, 2020.

He warned Nigerians desirous of political appointments to beware of fraudsters who harvest information with the sole aim of defrauding unsuspecting victims.

The DSS spokesman also appealed to Nigerians to always report the activities of fraudsters to security agencies in order to stem the tide of name dropping, impersonation, and obtaining by tricks.

Watch the full video of the parade of the suspect below:

DSS Parades Serial Impersonator And Suspected Fraudster In Taraba

 

The Department Of State Security (DSS) has paraded a 45-year-old man for parading himself as a personnel of the service and defrauding people.

The suspect who hails from Lafiya Lamurde Local government area of Adamawa State is said to have defrauded people in Gombe, Yola and Jalingo before being traced and arrested on June 27, 2020 at a hotel in Jalingo.

Parading the suspect before newsmen in Jalingo on Friday, the Assistant Director Enforcement, Tayo Balogun, identified him as Adamu Jonathan and noted that he was convicted in 2017 to serve a three-year jail term for committing the same offence, before being released but clearly he returned to the same old ways.

One of the recent victims of Jonathan is a 55-year-old divorcee and mother of four who he is said to have met in Gombe and had a virtual wedding ceremony laced with deceit.

“Jonathan who was hitherto a Christian, claimed to have converted to Islam and now bears Shuaibu Adamu in order to fulfill one of the conditions offered as prerequisite for marriage by the said affluent woman,” the DSS stated.

“He was discovered to have made away with several belongings of the purported wife, to an elusive matrimonial apartments in Jalingo. The said properties could not be traced to any location, suggesting that they might have been sold.

“The suspect deceitfully collected the woman’s Honda Odyssey vehicle with promise to buy her a brand new Toyota Vibe car when he receives his leave allowances and other packages from the service”.

But according to the DSS, he rather began to use it for commercial purposes, “traversing Bauchi and Gombe states, while deceiving the woman that he was at his new duty post in the Nasarawa command of the service and therefore was not released to visit her in Jalingo, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and several operations he was purportedly saddled with”.

The anti-graft agency further noted that the suspect will be charged to court soon.

It, however, warned members of the public to be wary of characters like Jonathan who go about impersonating the service and defrauding people of their hard earned resources.

According to the service, the suspect confessed to committing the crime and also regretted his actions.

He also claimed not to have made any money from the act, contrary to the DSS’ claim that he had made over N400,000.

Court Jails Two Internet Fraudsters In Port Harcourt

 

Justice J.K. Omotosho of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State has convicted and sentenced the duo of Onyeka Ifeanyi Johnson and Andrew Onyebuchi Okwuoha to one year imprisonment each owing to offences bordering on obtaining under false pretences, internet fraud and possession of proceeds of crimes.

The two convicts were both arraigned at the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt on September 9, 2019 by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Port Harcourt’s Zonal office on one count separate charge.

Ifeanyi’s offence bordered on obtaining under false pretence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act, while Onyebuchi ‘s offence bordered on retention and possession of proceeds of crime contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition ) Act.

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The one- count charge read:

“That you Onyeka Ifeanyi Johnson a.k.a (Chewning Roger) on or about the 3rd of August, 2018, at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of ($900.00) Nine Hundred US Dollars through Western Union, under false pretence from one Kathleen Street, a US national, a pretext you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

“That you Andrew Onyebuchi Okwuoha on or about the 5th day of April, 2019 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court did acquire, retain and took possession or control of the sum of Two Thousand, One Hundred United States Dollars fraudulently transferred from the Bank of America account of one Tina Sakalarkis knowingly or reasonably ought to have known that the said sum forms part of the proceeds of an unlawful act and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition ) Act, 2011 (as amended) and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act.”

The defendants pleaded guilty to the one- count charge when read to them.

In view of their plea, prosecution counsel, M.T. Iko prayed the court to convict and sentence the defendants accordingly. Defense counsels: K.C. Orjiako and Agumagu C. Agumagu did not oppose the prayer of the prosecution counsel.

Justice J.K. Omotosho thereafter convicted and sentenced Ifeanyi to one year imprisonment with an option of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N 500,000.00) commencing from the date of arrest while Onyebuchi was convicted and sentenced to one year imprisonment without an option of fine.

The Judge ordered that the monies fraudulently made be restituted to the victims. He also ordered that the Iphone X, HP Pavilion laptop which was recovered at the point of arrest be forfeited to the Federal Government.

Johnson’s journey to prison started when operatives of the EFCC raided his apartment at No. 5, Emmanuel Avenue, off Sekibo Road, Odili road, Port Harcourt sometimes in August 2019 after a tip- off.

Investigations revealed that the convict is a notorious fraudster who has been defrauding unsuspecting foreigners through online dating scam and business e-mail compromise.

As for Okwuoha, his ordeal started when he retained the sum of Two Thousand One Hundred US Dollars ($2,100.00), fraudulently transferred from the Bank of America’s account of one Tina Sakerlarkis, an American into his own account, without any lawful transaction between them.

EFCC Prosecutes 48 Suspected Fraudsters In Kaduna

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its Kaduna office is prosecuting 48 internet fraud suspects in court.

The Zonal Head of the EFCC in Kaduna, Mailafia Yakubu, disclosed this at a media briefing where he gave an update on the Commission’s activities in the zone.

He noted that the Kaduna office has received 345 petitions and investigated 286 cases from January to date.

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Yakubu explained that 52 of the cases had been forwarded to the legal department for advice while 56 cases involving 48 suspected internet fraudsters were already before the court and 23 persons have been convicted.

The briefing comes on the heels of the recent arrest of some Nigerians by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States.

The EFCC zonal head said the anti-graft agency has a long history of collaboration with the FBI, adding that a number of investigations based on the synergy were ongoing.

Speaking on behalf of the acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Yakubu lamented the negative effect of cybercrime on Nigeria’s image and called on citizens to be vigilant in order not to fall victim of the crime.

He, however, thanked Nigerians for their immense contributions to the fight against corruption and advised parents to monitor their wards, stressing that youths were mostly targeted for recruitment into cybercrime cells by organised criminal groups.