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24-Year-Old Fake Female Soldier, 25 Others Arrested For Internet Fraud

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Subair Mohammed

A 24-year-old female fake soldier and 25 internet fraudsters have been arrested at different locations in the country by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Seven of the suspects were apprehended by officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in Abuja, Imo, Enugu, Delta and Edo.
According to the acting Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Magu, the raid on the hideouts of the suspected internet fraudsters in Sunshine Estate, Gwarimpa, Abuja was part of efforts to ensure that online fraud is reduced to the barest minimum.

The suspects arrested on June 11, 2019 are: Asuquo Happiness, Agboje Lucky, Emmanuel Ochuko Okume, Lucky Ijire, Karo Ijire, Chinaka Chijoke Promise and Ibrahim Adiat and the items found in their possession include a 2018 Toyota Camry and a Toyota Corolla, as well as Infinix, Nokia and iPhones mobile phones.

The investigations carried out by the EFCC into the nefarious activities of these suspects revealed that they specialized in stealing people’s identities on social media, particularly FaceBook and Instagram which they use to create fake profiles, using same to establish fraudulent relationships, with the aim of defrauding their victims.
Some of the aliases used to perpetrate online fraud, include, James Bord, Tom Clanson, Paul Hanson, Clinton Maher, Richard Jordan and David Morgan.

One of them uses phishing as his modus operandi where he sends out bulk messages and malware with viruses, which when the target clicks on the message, they are able to gain access into their victim’s information.
Another claims he goes to the “dark web” to buy hacked logins to look for any business transaction and double cross the transaction using another account.

One of the suspects confessed to creating over 20 social media accounts.
They further confessed to having at various times made $5,479, $4,900, $1,500, $2,500, $7,000, $27,000, which were received through Western Union, Bitcoin, exchangers, and through Nigerians based outside the country, who have offshore accounts.
EFCC had previously arrested another set of internet fraudsters in Enugu State, aged between 20 and 26 years. They were arrested at two different locations, Brick city Estate, Independent layout and Goshen Estate, in possession of three Mercedes Benz, two Lexus and one Avalon, including SIM cards and laptops.

Investigations revealed that they engaged in crypto currency.
A lady, Shalom Hart, 24, and graduate of Ebonyi State University was also arrested for internet fraud. The suspect specialised in posing as Fabian Smith, a writer, a contractor or a soldier from the United States, US, to defraud her victims, she also posed as a businessman and blogger in the name of Stacey Dash.

As part of the mission to rid the country of internet fraud, the EFCC had in the course of investigations, gone on the trail of the fraudsters traced to four states – Delta, Edo, Enugu and Imo states.
In a related development, another sixteen suspects were arrested on May 27, 2019 in Owerri, Imo State. The suspects aged between 18 and 30, include, Cassy Egekonye, Omonisho Efe, Egwuatu Stanley, Okafor Divine, Solomon Chimnobi, Igwe Ajoku Clinton, Chukwuemeka Elvis, Osuasu Daniel, Destiny Dibor, Chukwuemeka Precious, Chidera Ozirigbo, Uba Ifeanyi, Nwosu Kelvin, Okoli Munachi, Mark Jack, and Martins Anthony.

They were arrested at two different around Nekede and Owerri metropolis.
Investigations revealed that they disguised as military men from the US or serving in Afghanistan used different pseudo-names, such as Richard David, Anthony Williams, Francis James, Davies to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians of their hard-earned monies.

Several incriminating items were found on them such as laptops, phones, diabolical items and two vehicles.
The commission said, all the suspects will soon be charged to court.

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