Nigeria - 419 Coalition 2018 News on Nigerian Scam / 419 Operations



5 JUL 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

Court Remands Ajudua In Kirikiri Prison

Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting 
in Ikeja, Lagos, on Thursday, July 5, 2018, refused a bail 
application filed by Fred Ajudua, a serial fraud suspect.

Ajudua is facing trial alongside one Joseph Ochunor on a 
12-count charge bordering on fraud and conspiracy.

The defendants were alleged to have defrauded one Ziad 
Abu Zalaf of Technical International Limited in Germany 
of a sum of $550,000 in 1993.

At the last adjourned sitting on June 13, 2018, counsel 
to Ajudua, Norrisson Quakkers, SAN, had urged the court 
to grant bail to his client on health grounds. 

"We filed a seven-paragraph affidavit dated June 12, where 
we stated the medical situation of the defendant," Quakkers 
had said.

However, counsel to the prosecution, Temitope Banjo, who 
stood in for the lead counsel, Seidu Atteh, had told the 
court that Ajudua's claim of ill health was no longer a 
valid reason for him to be granted bail.

The prosecution had further described the defendant as 
a flight risk, adding that "The defendant has relied so 
much on health grounds for his bail, but an investigation 
by the Commission revealed that whenever court grants 
him bail, he will start to write letters of adjournment." 

Consequently, Justice Dada had adjourned to July 5(today) 
for determination of the bail application by the defendant.

Ruling on the application today, Justice Dada held that 
granting Ajudua bail would further truncate his trial that 
had suffered a setback since he was first arraigned on 
March 5, 2009 before Justice Oyefeso.

The Judge, therefore, ordered Ajudua to be transferred 
to Kirikiri Prison custody pending the determination 
of his bail application and commencement of trial. 

Ajudua was re-arraigned before Justice Dada, following 
the re-assignment of the case file by the Chief Judge 
of Lagos State, Justice Opeyemi Oke, for accelerated trial.

Here is the URL of the press release for as long
as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3314-court-remands-ajudua-in-kirikiri-prison
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30 JUN 2018
From the Punch, a Nigerian newspaper:

Man impersonates senator on Facebook, defrauds Nigerians

by Samson Folarin

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested one Joel Asabor for 
allegedly defrauding some Nigerians through a fake recruitment 
into the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Asabor, who was based in Delta State, 
impersonated the Senator representing Anambra South Constituency 
of Anambra State, Andy Uba, in whose name he opened a Facebook 
account.

Through the Facebook account, the suspect reportedly conversed 
with job seekers who added him as friends on the platform.

Our correspondent gathered that the victims were asked to pay 
between N200,000 and N350,000 for processing of employment into 
oil companies, as they were promised juicy incentives, including 
a salary of N850,000 per month.

It was learnt that the suspect, whose accomplice also impersonated 
a member of the House of Representatives, Nkiruka Onyejeocha, defrauded 
a Lagos resident, Mrs Chinelo Nwadim, of over N300,000

Nwadim, who petitioned the Area Commander, Area D, ACP Olusoji 
Akinbaji, demanded an investigation into the matter.

A source said the victim had trusted the Facebook account after 
receiving fake recruitment forms of the NNPC.

He said, "The woman met the suspect on Facebook in December 2017. 
He used the name of Senator Andy Uba to open the account. He told 
her that he had influence in the NNPC and could get her a job there. 
The woman jumped at the offer."

"He promised her a direct reference with the sales manager of NNPC 
so that she could get the recruitment form with ease. He also sent 
her a reference code and promised her that Honourable Nkiruka would 
call her to assist with the processing."

"The fraudster promised to send a recommendation letter to the office 
of Honourable Nkiruka so that she could get the job."

The source said the suspect, while still impersonating Uba, instructed 
the victim to make all payments through his accomplice, Nkiruka.

He allegedly advised her to pay N35,850 for the form, assuring her 
that her monthly  salary would be over N850,000.

"After their conversation, the said Honourable Nkiruka contacted 
her and demanded different sums of money which she paid into a First 
Bank Account belonging to Asabor Joel. She paid N35,850 for the NNPC 
form; N28,500 for acceptance form; N45,850 for insurance and N220,000 
for passport."

"When N450,000 was demanded for a visa fee, it became clear to the 
victim that she had been defrauded. She also discovered that all the 
documents sent to her were forged; that was when she petitioned the 
area commander through her lawyer," the source added.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, confirmed 
the incident, adding that police operatives, led by the Area D Commander, 
travelled to Delta State to apprehend the suspect.

He explained that investigation showed that a lot of Nigerians had 
been defrauded by the suspect.

He said, "When the report got to the command, the Commissioner 
of Police, Edgal Imohimi, directed the Mushin Area Commander 
to fish out the culprit. A police team travelled to Oghara, 
Delta State, where the leader of the syndicate, Joel Asabor, 
was arrested and brought to Lagos."

Here is the URL of the article, which inludes a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://punchng.com/man-impersonates-senator-on-facebook-defrauds-nigerians/
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14 JUN 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

Internet Fraudster Bags Jail Term

Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court, sitting 
in Benin City, Edo State, on Wednesday June 13, 2018 
convicted Uke Philip Akhator for offences bordering on 
obtaining by false pretences.

Akhator who was prosecuted by the Benin Zonal Office 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, 
was said to have obtained the sum of One Hundred and 
Fifty Thousand Naira (N150,000) Only from one Jakub 
Sani Mohammed. 

The offence is contrary to Section 421 of the Criminal 
Code Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, C39, 2004 
and punishable under the same Act.

Upon his arraignment on a one count charge, Akhator 
pleaded guilty to the offence.

In view of his plea,  the prosecution counsel, Larry 
Aso Peters, urged the court to convict and sentence 
the defendant accordingly. In his response, defence 
counsel, Padro Egharevba pleaded with the court to 
temper justice with mercies as the defendant was a 
first time offender who has become remorseful.

Justice Ajoku after listening to both counsel, 
sentenced the defendant to one month imprisonment.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes
a photo, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3277-internet-fraudster-bags-jail-term
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14 JUN 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

Court Orders Interim Forfeiture of $75,000

Justice Mojisola Olatoregun of the Federal High Court sitting 
in Ikoyi, Lagos, on Thursday, June 14, 2018 ordered an interim 
forfeiture of a sum of $75,000 recovered by the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, from one Kupoluyi Oluleke, 
to the Federal Government. The judge gave the order, following 
an ex parte application filed by the EFCC. 

Investigations began following intelligence report about a fund 
transfer of $75,000.00 received by Oluleke from one Maltos Javier 
Rios, a United States of America national.

Upon receipt of the report, the EFCC launched investigations 
into the suspicious transfer and eventually arrested the respondent 
in Ibadan, Oyo State. 

Oluleke was said to have claimed that the money was sent to him 
by Rio, whom he described as a business associate, to facilitate 
an estate development plan worth the sum of $1,000,000.

However, Rios was said to have denied knowing the suspect or 
even visiting Nigeria.

Rio, who alleged that his computer was hacked, also said that 
he once received a call from someone who claimed to work with 
Apple, requesting for his password to do a system upgrade, 
which he gladly obliged.

Rio further claimed that he subsequently received a call that 
the money in his account was mistakenly sent to him and that 
he should transfer the money to Oluleke's account in Nigeria, 
which he did.  Items found in possession of the suspect include 
a driver's licence belonging to Rio and the supposed agreement.

In her ruling, Justice Olatoregun ordered an interim forfeiture 
of the money to the Federal Government.

The judge further directed the applicant to publish the order 
in a national newspaper within 14 days for anyone who is interested 
in the money to appear before the court to show cause why it should 
not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government. 

Here is the URL of the press release, for as long as it 
is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3278-court-orders-interim-forfeiture-of-75-000
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13 JUN 2018
From the Guardian, a Nigerian newspaper:

U.S arrests 30 Nigerians over email scams

By Victor Gbonegun, with agency report

To reduce activities of global email scam artists, the United States 
of America has arrested 30 Nigerians in a coordinated crackdown on 
persons who convince respondents to wire them money through fraudulent 
activities. In the swipe on fraudulent activities, which also involved 
44 nationals from other countries, the U.S. said such scams are prevalent 
and pledged to pursue perpetrators regardless of where they are located.

Authorities said they have seized, recovered or disrupted more than 
$16 million (12 million UK Pounds) since January. The effort, which 
involved local and federal law enforcement agencies, targeted scammers 
who trick people into transferring them money, for example by impersonating 
a business partner or colleague.

The U.S. said arrests occurred in the U.S., Nigeria, Canada, Mauritius 
and Poland. Some Nigerians allegedly involved in the crackdown include: 
Adeyemi Odufuye using many aliases including 'Micky,' 'Micky Bricks,'
'Yemi,' 'GMB,' 'Bawz', 'Jefe,' aged 32, and Stanley Hugochukwu Nwoke, 
aka 'Stanley Banks, 'Banks,' 'Hugo Banks,' 'Banky,' and 'Jose Calderon'
as his several aliases.
 
They were charged with a seven-count indictment in the District 
of Connecticut. Their victims were said to have lost approximately 
$2.6 million, including at least $440,000 in actual losses to one 
victim in Connecticut.  A third co-conspirator Olumuyiwa Yahtrip 
Adejumo, aka 'Ade,' 'Slimwaco,' 'Waco,' 'Waco Jamon,' 'Hade,' and 
'Hadey,' aged 32, of Toledo, Ohio, pleaded guilty on April 20 to 
one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
 
The US department of justice said Odufuye was extradited from 
the United Kingdom to the United States on January 3, and pleaded 
guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one 
count of aggravated identity theft.Nwoke was extradited to the 
US from Mauritius on May 25, marking the first extradition in 
over 15 years from Mauritius. His case is pending. Richard Emem 
Jackson, aka Auwire, 23, of Lagos, was charged in an indictment 
filed on May 17 in the District of Massachusetts with two counts 
of unlawful possession of a means of identification as part 
of a larger fraud scheme.

According to the indictment, on two occasions in 2017, Jackson 
was alleged to have possessed the identifications of two victims 
with the intent to commit wire fraud conspiracy.Federal Bureau 
of Investigation (FBI) Director, Christopher Wray, whose agency 
funded and coordinated the operation, said: "This operation 
demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to disrupt and dismantle criminal 
enterprises that target American citizens and their businesses."

FBI said people have reported losing more than $3.7bn since it 
started tracking the issue through its Internet Crime Complaint 
Center.  Wray said "The devastating effects these cases have on 
victims and victim companies, affect not only the individual
business but also the global economy".

Here is the URL of the article, for as long as it is good:
http://guardian.ng/news/u-s-arrests-30-nigerians-over-email-scams/

The Nigerian newspaper Punch covered the story also:
https://punchng.com/fbi-arrests-74-in-us-nigeria-others-for-fraud/

The Nigerian newspaper Vanguard and many additional 
news organizations worldwide also covered the story.
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5 JUN 2018
From the Guardian, a Nigerian newspaper:

EFCC re-arraigns Fred Ajudua over alleged $1m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned 
Fred Ajudua before a Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos for allegedly 
defrauding one Ziad Abu Zalaf of Technical International Limited, a 
German-based firm of $1 million.

Ajudua, who pleaded not guilty to the 12 count charges bordering on 
conspiracy and fraud, was re-arraigned before Justice Mojisola Dada.

His arraignment had suffered series of set back last year before
Justice Josephine Oyefeso but the Chief Judge, Justice Opeyemi Oke, 
reassigned it to the Special Court for accelerated hearing.

The EFCC alleged that Ajudua and his accomplice, Joseph Ochunor, 
had sometime in 1993 defrauded Zalaf of $1 million.

Here is the URL of the article for as long as
it is good:
http://guardian.ng/news/efcc-re-arraigns-fred-ajudua-over-alleged-1m-fraud/
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5 JUN 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arraigns Man for $3000 Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal 
office, on Monday June 4, 2018, arraigned one Ajiboye Gbenga 
before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences court sitting 
in Ikeja, Lagos on a three-count charge bordering on obtaining money 
by false pretence to the tune of US$3,000.  One of the counts reads:

"That you, Ajiboye Gbenga (a.k.a Joseph Markley) between April, 
2017 and October, 2017 in Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division 
with intent to defraud obtained the sum of US$3,000 (Three Thousand 
United States Dollars) from one Karen H. by falsely reresenting to 
her that you are Joseph Markley and that you lost your wallet and 
needed money which pretence you knew to be false." 

The defendant pleaded not guilty  to the charge when it was read 
to him. 

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel, Zainab Ettu, asked the 
court for trial date and to remand the defendant in prison custody. 

Counsel to the defendant, Williams Dong prayed the court for a 
short date to allow him file and serve the bail application.

Justice Dada, however, adjourned the matter to June 8, 2018 
for possible hearing of the bail application and remanded 
the defendant in prison custody.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes
a photo, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3255-efcc-arraigns-man-for-3000-fraud
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1 JUN 2018
For a little something different, on the lighter side, 
here is a little Gallows humor concerning a very serious
problem (Romance 419), courtesy of the Nigerian newspaper 
and website Punch  :)

VIDEO: Yahoo boys make us happy, White woman asserts, 
tells EFCC to back off

An unidentified White woman has said that young Nigerian men 
involved in Internet fraud make females like her happy, advising 
anti-graft agencies to stop beaming searchlights on them.

In a short video that is currently trending on YouTube, the 
obviously ageing White woman calls out the EFCC, asking its 
men to stop harassing and arresting boys suspected of being 
involved in internet fraud, popularly called Yahoo Yahoo.

In a post by Mandy News on the video-sharing platform, the 
unidentified White woman told the anti-graft agency that they 
(elderly white women) were happy to send the Yahoo Yahoo boys 
money, saying, "they make us happy."

The video lasted for only nine seconds.

See the video below:

White Woman Calls on EFCC to Leave Yahoo Boys Alone

Here is the URL of the article, which also contains a link
to the Video, for as long as it is good:

https://punchng.com/video-yahoo-boys-make-us-happy-white-woman-asserts-tells-efcc-to-back-off/
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30 MAY 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

Internet Fraudster Bags One Year Jail Term

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, 
May 30, 2018, secured the conviction and sentencing of an Internet 
fraudster, Oluwatobiloba Badejo, before Justice O.A. Williams 
of the State High court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos.

The convict was arraigned on May 25, 2018 on a two-count charge 
bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and possession 
of fraudulent documents to the tune of N124,937.53 (One Hundred 
and Twenty-four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven Naira, 
Fifty-three Kobo).

Count one reads: "That you, Oluwatobiloba Badejo (aka Lynda Andrew) 
on or about the 20th of March, 2016, at Lagos within the Ikeja judicial 
Division, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the 
sum of N52,937.53 (Fifty-two Thousand, Nine Hundred and Thirty-seven 
Naira, Fifty-three Kobo) from one Manuel Alberto Rama Carracedo by 
falsely representing to him that you are a woman with the name Lynda
Andrew, which pretence you knew to be false."

Count two reads: "That you, Oluwatobiloba Badejo (aka Lynda Andrew) 
on or about the 13th of June, 2016 at Lagos, within the Ikeja judicial 
Division by false pretence and with intent to defraud, obtained the 
sum of N72,000(Seventy-two Thousand Naira) from one Manuel Alberto 
Rama Carracedo by falsely representing to him that you are a woman 
with the name Lynda Andrew, which  pretence you knew to be false."

He pleaded guilty to charge preferred against him after initially 
entering a plea bargain with the Commission to refund the sum of 
N124,937.53 obtained from the victims and also forfeit to the 
Federal Government a Dell laptop computer, which he used "as the 
instrumentality of fraud."

The judge, after hearing the terms of agreement reached by both 
the prosecution and counsel to the defendant, O. Odubela, SAN, 
had deferred judgment till today (May 30.)

Delivering his judgment, Justice Williams found the defendant 
guilty on both counts and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment.

Here is the URL of the press release for as long
as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3239-internet-fraudster-bags-one-year-jail-term
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28 MAY 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission(EFCC):

EFCC Arrests Three For Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos 
zonal office, has arrested three suspected Internet fraudsters 
for conspiracy and possession of fraudulent documents.

The suspects - Sylvester Osolase,30; Seyi Ajayi, 36 and Monday 
Mayaki, 37 -  were arrested on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at River 
View Estate, Isheri North, Lagos State, following intelligence 
report received by the Commission about their activities.

The suspects, who were dealing in romance and classified scams, 
confessed to have defrauded several unsuspecting victims around 
the world.

They also confessed to have used proceeds of their illicit deals 
to buy cars, paid their rents and travel around the world.

Items found on the suspects include laptops, cars, mobile phones 
and incriminating documents that were printed from their emails.

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

Here is theURL of the press release, which includes 
photos, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3238-efcc-arrests-three-for-internet-fraud
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28 MAY 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arrests Two Suspected Fraudsters For N7m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal 
office, has arrested two members of a syndicate of fraudsters 
for offences bordering on obtaining money under false pretences 
to the tune of over N7,000,000.00( Seven Million Naira).

The suspects were arrested at Elomaz Hotel, Maryland, Lagos, 
following a petition received by the Commission from a complainant.

The complainant alleged that he was approached by one Dr. Lawal 
Ibrahim, who claimed to be the representative of an American company, 
Avis Beverages, in Africa for a purported agro-allied business.

He also alleged that he was subsequently introduced to one Dr. Ryan 
Wood, the purported company's President, and Alhaji Akeem Olagbaju 
Jamiu, who also posed as the producer of the commodity.

The complainant further alleged that he was asked to register with 
the commodity producer with N150,000.00 and also make a refundable 
deposit of N350,000.00.

As part of the grand plan to validate their claim, the complainant 
alleged that he was asked to register a company and acquire necessary 
documentations, including certificate of ownership, tax certificate, 
BNI, NAFDAC, Narcotics Control Board and money laundering clearance 
certificates in furtherance of the business.

The fraudsters were alleged to have also instructed the complainant 
to register with Avis Beverages with $65,000.00 USD once it was clear 
that he could obtain all the necessary documents.

However, the complainant, through a petition, sought the intervention 
of the Commission when he became suspicious of the transaction, a 
development that eventually led to the arrest of the suspected fraudsters.

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

Here is the URL of the press release, for as long
as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3235-efcc-arrests-two-suspected-fraudsters-for-n7m-fraud
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20 MAY 2018
From Vanguard, a Nigerian newspaper:

UK jails 2 Nigerians, Mmaduike, Kashimawo over alleged 
1m UK Pounds cyber fraud

Two Nigerians, Emmanuel Mmaduike and Olawale Kashimawo, both 31, who 
operated a London-based cyber crime group have been jailed after stealing 
more than UK Pounds 1m. 

The two Nigerians spent the money on "a lavish lifestyle", according 
to the UK National Crime Agency.

According to a report by Sky News, the pair hired a helicopter and 
drove "flash cars", and "posed for photographs of themselves with wads 
of money, expensive watches and drinking champagne". 

They ran their scams from southeast London after obtaining thousands 
of business email addresses and passwords - which they used to divert 
payments away from legitimate companies to themselves.

Known officially as "business email compromise" (BEC), the attack 
involves the criminal impersonation of a senior executive and attempting 
to convince the victim to transfer funds. 

UK's National Cyber Security Centre said BEC scams are one of the 
fastest growing forms of cyber crime. According to a 2017 report 
by networking company Cisco, cyber criminals made $5.3bn (3.9bn
UK Pounds) from BEC in just three years. 

Mmaduike's role was to access the victim's email accounts and change 
invoices so that payments were directed to mule bank accounts run by 
Kashimawo. His collaborator then laundered the cash by arranging 
withdrawals and international bank transfers which were carried out 
by other fraudsters. 

The pair is believed to have carried out more than 1m UK Pounds 
of fraud and money laundering between April 2015 and November 2015, 
according to the NCA. 

Mmaduike was jailed in March 2017 for six years and 10 months after 
he admitted money laundering and fraud. He also admitted perverting 
the course of justice in relation to a sham marriage to a Dutch national. 

On Thursday, his accomplice Kashimawo was jailed at Kingston Crown 
Court for six years and nine months after admitting two counts of 
conspiracy to commit money laundering. 

The head of investigations at the NCA's National Cyber Crime Unit 
(NCCU), Tony Adams, said: "UK businesses should exercise caution 
when authorising significant transactions - particularly if there 
is a last-minute change of account details."

"If in doubt speak to the intended recipient of the funds on the 
phone prior to making a large payment."

"Keep passwords safe and do not use the same passwords for multiple 
online accounts." 

"The NCA and our partners are continuing to tackle business email 
fraud and money laundering. It is imperative victims report such 
compromises as soon as possible and retain all evidence."

Here is the URL of the article, which includes photographs,
for as long as it is good:
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/05/uk-jails-2-nigerians-mmaduike-kashimawo/
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19 MAY 2018
From Punch, a Nigerian newspaper, an excellent article
by Eric Dumo too long to be posted here, but we'll provide
a link, for as long as it is good:

Yahoo Boys' new tactics of evading harassment,arrest
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14 MAY 2018
From NigeriaNews.net, a Nigerian website.  Sent in by
Ultrascan AGI:

The Celebrity Status Of Yahoo Boys In Nigeria

By Adebayo Abiodun

The social media slay queens who hide under the guise of acting, 
make-up artistry, event management, fashion blogging, modeling and 
other flexible jobs to sell their bodies have also gone into overdrive 
over the attack on Yahoo Boys. These guys are one of their biggest 
customers keeping them in business and sponsoring their upscale 
lifestyles.

This journalist took his time to read hundreds of social media 
comments for and against internet scam and the survey has yielded 
appalling and shameful results. In saner climes, this topic doesn't 
warrant any debate but an outright condemnation of the act.

Nigerians benefiting from internet scam have flagrantly defended 
the internet fraudsters publicly without shame. If these people have 
their way, internet fraud would be enshrined in the Nigerian constitution 
as it supposedly generates 'foreign exchange' for the local economy 
in contrast to unscrupulous politicians who take money out of the already 
fragile economy to stash in foreign banks or buy vast properties outside 
the country.

A section of social media commenters even believe the Yahoo Boys who 
have fully delved into rituals to jinx their victims into making huge 
payments for phantom deals are avenging the crimes of the whites against 
the blacks for the 400 years of slavery. In the crime world, most criminals 
have a way of seeking justification for their crimes to subdue their 
conscience so that they could sleep well at night. Even the dreaded 
terrorist group, Boko Haram has a fine narrative to suit its quest 
for blood and destruction. But, in the real sense, there is no justification 
for being an outlaw.

Social media influencer and Lagos socialite, Noble Igwe has been 
criticized vehemently on social media platforms for exposing the 
business fronts through which these scam artists launder their dirty 
money in Lagos. He drew attention to real estate and property businesses, 
record label ownership (which singer Dbanj also confirmed some months back) 
car shops as well as other outlets in the privileged Island area of Lagos 
State. His tweets have been regarded as 'snitching' which is a popular 
black American cliche for condoning crime.

Those opposing him are not even faceless people, they are prominent 
figures in the entertainment circle using their large following and 
verified accounts to hit the fashionista in a brazen way as it fraud 
is a legalized part of the Nigerian economy. This is not the Nigerian 
dream and one wonders how we got here.

Dating a 'god fearing' and loving internet fraudster has become 
the dream of most girls in Lagos. Following some wealth-flaunting 
celebrities on Instagram has spurred them to lust after ostentatious 
products like iPhones, iPads, designer shoes, clothes, Exotic meals, 
wines, cars, top class hotels, vacation in some tourist centres 
across the world especially Dubai and engage in all sorts ephemeral 
of activities that could be used to intimidate their pairs.

Yahoo Boys who can be safely called armed robbers whose guns are 
laptops and operation area is the internet have become fixers celebrated 
by some parents as long as they are generous with their loot. This 
red-carpet treatment given to them is setting a bad precedent that 
would mortgage societal balance as well as the development of Nigerian 
youths.

Majority of people don't care about hard work anymore. Academics are 
being mocked for finishing school in flying colours and working for 
peanuts while the uneducated fraudsters who wasted the sunny days 
of their lives at beer parlours, engaging in drug abuse and chilling 
at dark corners with prostitutes, ride the best of cars and even 
open businesses that could employ the educated.

This acceptance of fraud as a way of life which has almost formed 
a foundation of Lagos State - commercial capital of Nigeria where 
workers painstakingly earn an average of N100,000 per month is happening 
in the face of a #NotTooYoungToRun campaign aimed at ensuring young 
people take up public positions in Nigeria. There is this general 
belief that Nigeria would be better off if the apparent system 
of 'Gerontocracy' is abolished and the youths with fresh ideas 
assume power.

With the calibre of youths seen supporting fraud, I think the present 
formidable team of political jobbers is set to change to more energetic, 
hungrier, tactical and, brilliant ones. There is no light at the end 
of the tunnel. The agitations for direct political participation 
by pseudo intellectuals and half-baked political analysts on Twitter 
are mostly being made by youths who are indirectly bitter about being 
shut out of the heist being committed at the corridors of power daily.

The same Nigerians who complain about the weakness of the Nigerian 
international passport are the ones stealing with strong political will, 
operating as rug rags on the internet giving the country a bad reputation 
in the developed world. Nigerians are like desperados outside the country; 
they could even betray their mothers just to make their lives worthwhile.

This has had a malignant effect on foreign investments in Nigeria as 
businesses to a large extent have to do with trust. What we see here are 
long term growth and development prospects being sacrificed for the short 
term benefits of a greedy few.

Nigerians abroad are being treated with disdain and disrepute simply 
because of the sins of a faceless few swallowing the lifetime savings 
of responsible people overnight only to satisfy youthful exuberance 
with the stolen funds.

There have been cases of victims becoming drug addicts, alcoholics, 
getting heart attacks, committing suicide and parting with their 
beautiful families after losing huge savings to Yahoo Boys who 
ignorantly attribute their successes to 'God'. There is danger as
the new crop of Nigerian youths doesn't want to work, they just 
want to get rich and scam is the way.

Most families, friends and acquaintances don't care about the source 
of the money, they just want to celebrate the spender and enjoy their 
share. The Yahoo Boys are their heroes and messiahs.

Permit me to end my piece with the wise words of the creative director 
and lead producer at Soundcity TV, Olamide Adedeji about the Yahoo Boys 
saga as seen on Twitter:

"Yahoo boys are armed robbers. Armed with computers harming people and 
corporations. So please, file them next to Drug dealers, thieves, money 
launderers etc."

"They don't deserve to be glorified, praised or emulated. We need this 
reality check".

They are not necessarily the most educated, attractive, eloquent, 
innovative or intelligent people in the country but the society embrace 
them due to size of their bank accounts.

They date the most beautiful, educated and sophisticated girls of your 
dreams even when they represent the opposite of what the girl really wants; 
that's the power of money. Also, they roughly wear the most expensive 
jewelries, shoes, clothes, throw the biggest parties, lodge endlessly 
in fancy hotels and paint the town red in the best cars.

They are the internet fraudsters popularly known as G-Boys or Yahoo Boys. 
These sets of people cause massive damage both home and abroad in a slow 
manner which could be likened to the effect of drug abuse on human beings.

Back home, the losses are immeasurable. Nigeria records about N127 
billion loss annually to cyber-crime. Nigeria has been ranked third 
in global internet crimes, coming after United States of America and 
United Kingdom respectively. In 2014 alone, the anti-graft agency - 
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC reported that customers 
in Nigeria lost about N6 billion to cyber criminals. Banks in Nigeria 
have lost approximately N159 billion to electronic frauds and cyber-crimes 
between 2000 and 2013.

I'm sure the Global North countries that are the prime victims can't 
fully count their losses even if they want to.

According to a report by Ultrascan AGI, a subsidiary of Ultrascan Research 
Services - an international research organization, a whopping sum of $12.7 
billion was lost to Nigerian scams (focusing on Advance Fee Fraud statistics) 
in 2013. In 2012, losses totaled $10.9 billion from $9.6 billion in 2011. 
Another report says that $50 million is lost annually to romance scams 
which our brothers participate actively in.

In the U.S, romance scams account for the highest financial losses of 
all internet-facilitated crimes according to the Federal Bureau of 
Investigation, FBI. Reported losses in 2016 exceeded $230 million 
according to a conservative report as only 15% of the crimes are 
being reported.

Earlier this year, an 82-year-old grandmother in the U.S, Marjorie Earl 
Jones who lost all of her money to a con artist, was so devastated by 
the scam that she committed suicide.

Similarly, a lonely bachelor in the United Kingdom - Ian Doney, 51, 
sent thousands of pounds and paid for flights after believing he had 
met one girlfriend online and she was travelling to the UK. He also 
committed suicide on the 30th of August, 2016 after being scammed.

After he spent all day waiting fruitlessly at the airport, he went 
on to give more money for medical bills because he was told her 
visit had been prevented by an accident.

"He had not had a relationship with anybody. He just wanted a family."

"He was borrowing money to send over there. He wasn't eating properly 
and he was starving himself. Anything he could sell, he sold it." his sister, 
Gillian Doney revealed. These are just a few examples of the catastrophic 
effects of internet fraud on individual lives.

The Yahoo Boys have presented Nigerians are predators in the international 
community who are considered too radioactive to have to have a dealing with.

Remember the ne'er-do-wells you mocked during your first degree days. 
I mean the Indian Hemp smokers and drunks who failed to pass the Joint 
Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB examination, they are now the 
kings of the streets with the cash to throw around just like El Chapo 
and Pablo Escobar. Some of them like the popular de facto Gucci ambassador, 
Hushpuppi now command elephantine followership on social media through 
which they now mentor people. They regularly do giveaways to build their 
presence online and compete with the regular celebrities.

The economic downturn in Nigeria has made even the most principled 
vulnerable to them. Religious and societal values have also been abandoned 
for a mesh of porridge provided by these people who ruin lives through 
the keyboard. Even though, many believe internet fraud is a manifestation 
of age-long political corruption and economic hardship in Nigeria, there 
is no justification for living off the sweats of others like parasites 
in the ecosystem.

12 suspected internet fraudsters were apprehended by the Economic and 
Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Lagos Zonal Office in collaboration 
with the Nigeria Police on Friday arrested in an Ikoyi Club in Lagos 
State with ostentatious properties seized from them as investigation 
continues.

This action has sparked ripples across the country with majority 
of Nigerian youths remaining divided concerning the bust. The usual 
flimsy excuses of the Yahoo Boys are that the government made them 
monsters and the politicians who are their role models are constantly 
stealing in million folds in the comfort of their offices with law 
enforcement agents and flawed institutions of state protecting them.

Unemployment and underemployment have been majorly blamed for the 
surging spate of cyber-crimes in Nigeria. Most Nigerians feel comfortable 
about internet fraud as far as they are not the victims.

Part of the praise-singers of the fraudsters are Nigerian musicians 
prominently 9ice, Reminisce, Olamide, Small Doctor, Olu Maintain, 
Kelly Hansome, Tupengo and others taking such actions to either show 
gratitude for previous financial assistance or probably curry favour 
from them. This is dangerous to the young minds because music is powerful; 
it could penetrate and control human minds in the fastest way possible.

Here is the URL of the article, which includes a graphic,
for as long as it is good:
https://www.nigerianews.net/the-celebrity-status-of-yahoo-boys/
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14 MAY 2018
From Ripples Nigeria, a Nigerian website, sent in by our friends 
from Ultrascan AGI:

Celebs lash out at activities of 'Yahoo boys'

By Ahmed Boulor

The trio of Afrobeat musician Seun Kuti, rapper Eldee tha Don and Noble 
Igwe, the Chief executive officer of 360group have all lashed out at the 
activities on cyber criminals better known in local parlance as 'Yahoo 
Yahoo boys'.

Weighing-in on the recent arrest 12 suspected internet fraudsters and 
the recovery of 10 cars after a raid on Club 57 in Ikoyi, Lagos, by men 
of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Seun Kuti said 
he wonders why Nigerians can’t express our success outside of white 
validation.

He wrote on Facebook; "Wetin yahoo boy dey take money do? No be to buy 
expensive white man things? Lol. If they weren't busy buying White man 
drink but building their communities maybe just maybe, I will see dem 
but I don't. Steal white man's money and the only way u can express 
that wealth is too seek validation by consuming the most expensive 
white man things and u say u are a Gee?"

"All Yahoo boys are Mugus for whitey still, dem be learner. Wait that 
100k u used 3 months to set the job how long did it take Gucci to collect 
it back? MUGU. Until we can express our success outside of white validation 
thru their brands and luxury items of status and class, U STILL BE MUGU."

In the same vein, rapper Eldee who admitted that his song "big boy" 
unwittingly contributed to the decay posted on Twitter saying our 
insatiable need for acceptance and regard in our society drives much 
of how we perceive ourselves and the decisions we make in our daily 
lives.

"We have a society that today finds justification for corruption, armed 
robbery and fraud...because it doesn't matter anymore how you get it, just 
get it, and for no other reason than to flaunt it."

"I made the song 'big boy' and unwittingly contributed to the decay…
I know better today."

"Poverty has a strong impact on our self-esteem as a people. The need 
to fill a low self-esteem gap with material things is what has led our 
society as a whole to where we are today."

"Our insatiable need for acceptance and regard in our society drives 
much of how we perceive ourselves and the decisions we make in our 
daily lives."

"And because of that, our perception of who we are and what we are worth 
has become one of our most basic human needs, right after food, and 
security," Eldee stated.

Noble Igwe also added his voice when he took to Twitter to call on the 
EFCC to arrest more internet fraudsters.

Noble posted on the social media platform saying: "Record label Estate/ 
Property Business Car Selling business The Above are major 419 /fraud 
fronts in Nigeria."

"EFCC needs to have a waiter stationed at every club within Lekki & VI. 
After last night, club owners are going to record low sales and Uber 
drivers will be busy tonight."

"Online stores and stores on Admiralty/Fola Osibo are used for money 
laundering."

"Armed robbers on Instagram are regarded as G boys but in reality, 
theirs a different type of stealing."

"People steal and then turn around to blame the government for making 
them criminals."

"Anyone that defends a criminal is a criminal and while we have a list 
for people advocating rape culture, we should also have one for such 
people," he recommended.

Here is the URL of the article, which includes a photo,
for as ;ong as it is good: 
https://www.ripplesnigeria.com/celebs-lash-out-at-activities-of-yahoo-boys/
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3 MAY 2018
There is an excellent article on recent 419 operations
on the Wired.com site, which is too long to be put up in full
here, so we give the URL of the article below.

The article is headlined:

Nigerian Email Scammers Are More Effective Than Ever

Here is a link to the article for as long as it is good:

Nigerian Email Scammers Are More Effective Than Ever
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26 APR 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Docks Ekiti Varsity Final Year Student for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office, 
on Thursday, April 26, 2018 arraigned one Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, a final 
year accounting student of Ekiti State University, before Justice Joyce 
Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on 
a 5-count charge of fraud and romance scam.

Yemi allegedly specializes in love and romance scam on internet. The 
defendant, while posing as American Army Officer by the name 'Dennis Martinez' 
serving in Libya allegedly engages unsuspecting ladies on the internet in 
a dating and romance scam through which he fleeces them of their money. 
The last victims were two ladies from Australia which he allegedly swindled 
to the tune of $500 (five hundred dollars), in tranches.

One of the counts reads:

"That you, Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, sometimes in year 2014, at Ibadan 
within the jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, did directly take 
possession of the sum of 7,000 British Pounds only transferred to you 
by one Carolyn Hide which sum you knew or reasonably ought to have known 
forms part of the proceeds of your 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 defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In view of his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi, applied 
for a date for trial and urged the court to remand the defendant 
in prison custody.

However, the defense counsel, Olatunde Adeoye informed the court 
of a pending application praying the court to admit the defendant 
to bail. He also urged the court to allow the defendant remain 
in the EFCC's custody pending the hearing of his bail application.

Justice Abdulmalik, however, ordered that the defendant be remanded 
in the Federal Prison, Agodi and adjourned to May 8, 2018 for hearing 
of the bail application.

Here is the URL of the new release, which contains a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3198-efcc-docks-ekiti-varsity-final-year-student-for-internet-fraud
[See 23 JAN 2018 News for more on this matter]
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19 APR 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arraigns Man for Alleged $22, 300 Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday 
April 19, 2018 arraigned one Oluokun Gabriel Adekola of  Kolanifemi 
New Era Foods Nigeria Enterprises, before Justice Joyce Abdulmalik 
of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State on a six-count 
charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretense and money 
laundering to the tune of 22, 300 US Dollars. The offence is contrary 
to Section 1(1) (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance 
Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Section 17(1), 
(a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (as amended in 2012) 
and punishable under Section 17(1) (b) of the same Act.

The defendant allegedly diverted the sum  transferred to him by a 
Taiwanese lady who resides in China for the supply of 100metric tons 
of sesame seeds. After collecting the sums, the accused failed 
to transact the business as agreed but allegedly diverted the 
money to other use.

The defendant however, pleaded not guilty when the charges were 
read to him.

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi Galadanchi asked for a 
trial date. However, the defense counsel, Akim Maisolati informed 
the court of a pending bail application dated 10th April, 2018. 
The prosecution however, did not oppose the application for bail.

Justice Abdulmalik admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of 
Five Hundred Thousand Naira and one surety in like sum. The surety 
shall be a Civil Servant in the Oyo State Civil Service not below 
Grade level 15. The surety shall be an owner of a developed land 
and the certificate of occupancy of the land shall be verified 
by the registrar of the court. The surety shall depose to an 
affidavit of means with his passport photograph attached. 

The defendant was remanded in Agodi prison pending the perfection 
of his bail terms.

The case is adjourned to May 7, 2018 for trial.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3183-efcc-arraigns-man-for-alleged-22-300-fraud
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13 APR 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC)

Court Convicts Fraudster for Car Auction Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission have secured 
the conviction of one Eboge Daniel Ebiogbo before Justice 
R.A Sadiq of the Kano State High Court on a one count charge 
of Criminal Breach of Trust.

The convict ran into trouble after the commission traced 
the sum of N70,000 (Seventy Thousand Naira Only) which 
turned out to be proceed of crime he committed against 
the complainant one Samson E Davies.  

The complainant alleged that sometime in 2015, while he was 
browsing the internet, he came across an advert for car auction 
purported to be from the Nigeria Customs Service. 

He contacted one Mrs Funmi who lured him into believing that 
he won the bid of a Toyota Camry at the cost of N250,000 
(Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira Only). However, before 
he realised it was a scam, he had already parted with the sum 
of N70,000 (Seventy Thousand Naira Only) which he paid into 
the account of the convict.

The convict did not waste the time of the court and pleaded 
guilty upon arraignment.  

Considering his plea, Justice Sadiq convicted him and sentenced 
him to a fine of N20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira Only). The convict 
was also ordered to restitute the sum of N70,000 (Seventy Thousand 
Naira Only) to the complainant. 

Here is the URL of the press release, which contains a photo,
for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3174-court-convicts-fraudster-for-car-auction-scam
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10 APR 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arrests 14 Suspected Internet Fraudsters

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal 
office, on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, arrested 14 suspected Internet 
fraudsters.

The suspects are: Abiola Kayode, Adeleye Adewale, Adeniyi Abiola, 
Favour Iruabo, Iyiola Olayemi, Lawal Remilekun and Martins Adetunji.

Others are: Obafunsho Oladipupo Samson, Olaleye Bamilola Hassan, 
Oseni Ridwan, Peter Ayobami Samuel, Peter Toluwabori, Prince Jibril 
Dirisu and Richard Jerry John.

The suspects were arrested in the Badore Seaside, Ajah area of 
Lagos State, following intelligence report received by the 
Commission about their activities.

Items recovered from the suspects include exotic cars and laptops.

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

Meanwhile, their arrest is a pointer to the fact that the Commission 
is committed to sustaining its clamp down on perpetrators of cyber crimes, 
especially in line with its mandate to make the country free from 
corruption and economic and financial crimes.

Here is the URL of the press release, which contains photos
of many of the arrestees, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3167-efcc-arrests-14-suspected-internet-fraudsters
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22 MAR 2018
From the Nierian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC ARRAIGNS A SUSPECTED FRAUDSTER FOR DUPING A SWISS $18,023

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday,  20 March,
2018, arraigned Leeroy Egebe, (alias Amedeo Dante William, Alhassan Davide)  
before Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court, sitting in Warri, 
Delta State on an 8-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining 
money by false pretence to the tune of $18,023.96 (Eighteen Thousand, 
Twenty- Three Hundred Dollars, Ninety- Six Cent).

Egebe's  troubles began when one Vivian Varotto-Guigoz, a citizen of 
Switzerland, petitoned the EFCC alleging  that,  she met one Amedeo 
William Dante (the defendant) who claimed to be an Italian living 
in the United Kingdom on a social dating site called "Badoo". They 
became lovers, exchanging emotional messages and later cash.

She alleged that, on several occasions, between 12 May and 14 October, 
2015, she wired a total sum of CHF 196,701,44 and EUR 15, 957.43 to different 
individuals in the United Kingdom, Canada and Nigeria at the request of Dante,  
for sundry reasons which she later discovered to be fraudulent.

The payments were allegedly made in five instalments: two into British 
accounts belonging to  Amedeo William Dante and Dittimi Tamara-Finide 
while three were made into Nigerian accounts belonging to Alhassan 
Davide and Edin Obaro. The petitioner also  alleged that the defendant 
was reaching her through some English, Canadian and Nigerian telephone 
numbers. 

Count one of the charge read: "that you Leeroy Egede (a. k. a) Amedeo 
Dante William, Alhassan Davide, one Tamara-Finide and Edin Obaro (now 
at large) sometime in May, 2015, at Udu, Warri, Delta State, within 
the jurisdiction of this honourable court did conspire among yourselves 
to commit felony to wit: obtaining money by false pretence, and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud 
and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006".

Another count read: "that you Leeroy Egede (a. k. a) Amedeo Dante 
William, Alhassan Davide, on or about the 20th day of April, 2015, 
at Udu, Warri, Delta State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable 
court, with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of ($3,564.66) 
Three Thousand , Five Hundred and Sixty Four dollars,  Sixty - Six cent 
under false pretence from one Viviane Varotto-Guigos, a Swiss Nationale, 
which said sum was transferred to your Account domiciled at Diamond Bank Plc 
by one Tamara-Fiide Dittimi, a pretence you knew to be false, and thereby 
committed an offence 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".

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges  when they were read 
to him.   

In view of his pleas, the prosecution counsel, M. T. Iko asked the court 
to fix a date for the commencement of trial. However, counsel to the defendant, 
K. D Alufe, made an oral application for bail for his client. He argued  that 
the alleged offences were bailable and that the defendant did not jump an  
earlier  administrative bail by the prosecution.

In his ruling, Justice Obile granted the defendant bail in the sum of 
N3,000,000.00 (Three Million Naira), one surety in like sum. The surety 
must be a public servant in the service of Federal or Delta state government 
on  grade level 12 and above. The defendant and the surety must depose 
to an affidavit of means among other conditions.

The matter was adjourned to 10 May, 2018 for trial,  while the defendant 
was remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of his bail conditions.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a
photo, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3141-efcc-arraigns-a-suspected-fraudster-for-duping-a-swiss-18-023
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1 MAR 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes 
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arraigns Alleged Fraudster for N8.8m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  today, March 1, 2017 
arraigned one Mordi Chukwuwike before Justice P .I. Njoku  of the Federal 
High Court sitting in Benin, Edo State.

Chukwuwike was arraigned on a 15 count charge  bordering on money laundering.

He was alleged to have sometime in September, 2013, conspired with Nnamdi 
Nwanze and Abiola Tunde (both at large) to directly take possession of over 
Eight Million, Eight Hundred and Fifty Seven Thousand, Four Hundred and Forty 
Three Naira Four kobo (8,857,443,04) only  from one Cheah Cheow Ping, 
a Malaysian.

One of the counts reads: "that you Mordi Chukwuwike, on 18th day of October, 
2013 in Benin City within the jurisdiction of this honourable court directly 
took possession of the sum of One Million Four Hundred and Fifty- Eight 
Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty Nine Naira( 1,458,269) only from one Cheah 
Cheow Ping, a Malaysian, money which to your knowledge, was proceeds 
of unlawful act, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 15(1)(2)(d) 
of the Money Laundering (prohibition) (amendment) Act, 2012 and punishable 
under section 15(3) of the 2012 Act".

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

In view of his plea, the prosecution council, S.M.H Ibekwute asked the 
court fix a date for trial. However, the defence counsel, S.I.Agoha told 
the court that she had filed an  application for bail.

Justice P.I. Njoku after listening to both counsel adjourned the case 
to March 6, 2018 for hearing of the bail application and March 16, for 
the commencement of trial.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a
photo, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3099-efcc-arraigns-alleged-fraudster-for-n8-8m-fraud
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19 FEB 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

Court Jails Man One Year for N1.5m Love Scam

Justice Muhammad Yahaya of Kano State High Court on Monday, 
February 19, 2018 convicted and sentenced one Abubakar Isiaku 
(also known as Hajia Fatima) to one year imprisonment on one-count 
charge of obtaining by false pretence preferred against him by 
the Kaduna zonal office of the Economic and Financial crimes 
Commission, EFCC.

Isiaku, while disguising as a woman was said to have defrauded 
many unsuspecting members of the public via Facebook. 
 
In one of his operations, he allegedly lured a complainant into 
a relationship and in the process swindled her of N1.5million.  

Arraigned on December 18, 2017, Isiaku initially pleaded 'not guilty' 
to the charge, but when confronted with damning evidences by the 
prosecution he changed his plea to 'guilty'.
 
Following his admittance of guilty, the prosecuting counsel, Sa'ad 
Hannafi Sa'ad, urged the court to convict and sentence him according 
to the dictates of the law. 
 
After the evaluation of the evidences placed before the court, Justice 
Yahaya pronounced Isiaku guilty of the charge and consequently sentenced him.
  
The judge also ordered the convict to pay the sum of N1.5million 
to the complainant as restitution.  

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a
photo, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3061-court-jails-man-one-year-for-n1-5m-love-scam
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19 FEB 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Docks Man for Internet Scam, Money Laundering

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office 
on Monday, February 19, 2018 arraigned one David Ayomide Raphael before 
Justice Joyce Abdulmalik of the Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, 
Oyo State, on an eight-count charge of money laundering.

Raphael was arraigned following an anonymous petition alleging that a 
syndicate of fraudsters who resides at Kola area, Oluyole, Ibadan was 
into fraudulent activities. 

Investigation into the petition by operatives of Commission revealed that 
members of the syndicate - Davies Ayomide Raphael and two others at large 
(Oyewole Segun Samuel and Adeyemi Adewumi Segun) were specialized in internet 
scam through which they defraud innocent people, while using fictitious 
address to purchase items online such as cars and furniture with fake PayPal. 

It was also discovered that the defendant also engages in online dating 
to defraud unsuspecting victims.

One of the counts reads: 
"That you, Davies Ayomide Raphael,  Adeyemi Adewumi Segun (at large) and 
Oyewole Segun Samuel  (at large) on or about the 4th of January 2016, at 
Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, did agree amongst 
yourselves to commit an offence,  to wit: money laundering and thereby 
committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 18 (a) 
of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 (As Amended) and punishable 
under Section 15 (3) of the same Act".

Another charge reads: 
"That you, Davies Ayomide Raphael on the 20th of June 2016, at Ibadan 
within the jurisdiction of this Federal High Court, did directly take 
possession of the sum of N235,000.00 (Two Hundred and Thirty Five Thousand 
Naira) only transferred to you by Adeyemi Adewumi Segun which sum you 
knew or reasonably ought to have known form part of the proceeds of your 
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 defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

In view of his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sanusi M. Galadanshi prayed 
the court for a trial date and urged the court to remand the defendant 
in prison custody. 

However, counsel to the defendant, J. A. Sanusi informed the court of a 
pending bail application on behalf of his client and prayed the court 
to allow the defendant remain in the EFCC's custody pending the hearing 
of the application.

Justice Abdulmalik granted the prayer and ordered that the defendant 
be remanded in EFCC's custody pending hearing of his bail application.

The case is adjourned to February 27, 2018 for hearing of bail application 
and commencement of trial.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a
photo, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3059-efcc-docks-man-for-internet-scam-money-laundering
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7 FEB 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arrests Two for Impersonation and Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 
one Barr. Mike Nkwocha, and a self-professed Colonel of the United 
States Army, Richardson Obasogie for impersonating EFCC operatives 
to obtain $10,000 by false pretense.

The victim had petitioned the EFCC alleging that one Ladan Mustapha 
who claimed to be an operative of EFCC, gave him a call informing him 
that there was a petition against him which bordered on illegal acquisition 
of assets in different parts of the country and that he was currently 
a subject of investigation.  

Together with his partner Nkwocha, a meeting was arranged, in which 
$200,000 was demanded as gratification in order to "kill" the case, 
but $15,000 was later agreed upon as payment.  

An initial payment of $5,000 cash was made to Nkwocha while he continued 
to pressure him for the balance of $10,000.

However, suspecting foul play, after a retired personnel of the DSS 
told the petitioner that EFCC operatives don't demand money to carry 
out official duties, the EFCC was petitioned.

Consequently, Nkwocha was arrested. Upon arrest, he confessed that 
Obasogie was the "brain" behind the fraud.

A search warrant was executed on their houses which resulted in the 
recovery of: letter-head papers of the United States Government, 
Department of State Services (DSS), National Intelligence Agency 
(NIA), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Bayelsa 
State Government and one computer system.

Nkwocha and Obasogie will be charged to court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

Meanwhile, operatives are intensifying search for Mustapha Lada, who 
is currently at large.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes two
photos, for as l;ong as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/3031-efcc-arrests-fake-america-colonel
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24 JAN 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arrests Man for 30,000 UK Pounds Love Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, 
January 24, 2018, arrested one Fidelis Iruedo, a suspected love 
scammer, for allegedly defrauding a United Kingdom citizen of Thirty 
Thousand UK Pounds) in a romance scam. 

Luck ran out of Iruedo, 31, after a petition to the Commission 
by the Nigerian High Commission, London, on behalf of one Alan Digweed, 
a UK citizen, alleging that the suspect had defrauded his victim 
of the said amount of money.
 
Investigations by the EFCC revealed that Iruedo, who voluntarily 
confessed to the crime, met his victim between July and December 2017, 
via a date site, match.com.

The suspect, while parading as a lady, procured British passport using 
the name 'Tracy Anderson' with which he used to defraud the victim.
 
He was arrested in Abuja, during an attempt to make withdrawal 
in a bank.
 
On arrest, items recovered from him include: several scam letters, 
3 flash drives, 1 iphone and a laptop computer.
 
The suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigations 
are concluded.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes
a photo, for as long as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/2970-efcc-arrests-man-for-30-000-love-scam
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23 JAN 2018
From the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC):

EFCC Arrests Varsity Student for Internet Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan zonal office 
has arrested a suspected internet scammer, Ilesanmi Babatunde Yemi, 
31, a final year Accounting student of Ekiti State University 
for alleged internet fraud.
 
Babatunde, who poses on the internet as an American Army Officer 
by the name 'Dennis Martinez' allegedly serving in Libya engages 
in internet love and romance scams. 
 
He engages unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and 
romance scam through which he fleeces them of their money.
 
Last of his victims were the duo of Sandra Simundza and Lily F, 
both in Australia, from whom he claimed to have obtained about 
$500 (five hundred US dollars) in tranches.
 
Babatunde, according to series of intelligence gathered by the 
Commission, allegedly lives ostentatious life without a definite 
job. He confessed to have been engaged actively in internet 
romance scam in the last four years from which he sustained 
his flamboyant lifestyle and bought himself a 2005 Lexus car 
with registration number Lagos MUS 404 DX.
 
Being a part-time student, he also confessed to have spent most 
of his time on the dating sites, particularly tinder and okculpid 
from which he meets his victims.
 
Items recovered from him include one laptop Apple macbook Pro; 
three ATM cards; one iphone 6 x plus; one Nokia phone and one 
international passport. Several love scam mails were also found 
and downloaded from his laptops.
 
The suspect will be arraigned in court soon.

Here is the URL of the press release, which includes a photo,
for as along as it is good:
https://efccnigeria.org/efcc/news/2963-efcc-arrests-varsity-student-for-internet-fraud
[See 26 APR 2018 News for more on this matter]
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