By: Okosun Dennis
The Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja have arrested three fraudsters using Covid-19 supplies to dupe foreigners to the tune of multimillion naira.
The suspects identified as Samson Inegbenosun, 30, Blessed Junior, 32, and Muhammed Zakari, 36, all male from Uromi in Edo State, were arrested following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of Covid-19 protective mask, received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.
The suspects were allegedly involved in cyber-related offences including advance fee fraud, money laundering and romance scam.
According to the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, disclosed in Abuja on Sunday that Samson Inegbenosun is an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scamming syndicate.
He revealed that the suspect “supplies foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds and use same as conduit to other feeder accounts.”
Recovered from him included “a building apartment worth N20,000,000.00, a Toyota RAV-4 2015 model worth N6,500,000.00 and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model valued at N2,000,000.00 which he procured with the proceeds of the crime.”
However, Blessed Junior, the second suspect was said to have returned to Nigeria from Italy in February, 2020 but maintains close contacts and illicit dealings with his Italian associates.
Investigations revealed that he has made over N120,000,000.00 from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings. Besides, he also received the sum of 52,000 EUROs recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal and owns a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime.
On his part, Mohammed Zakari, an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, falsely claims to be a British citizen.
“He also poses to be one Kelly Galk on online dating apps which he uses to carry out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, locally and internationally.
Investigation further revealed that he made millions of naira from his illicit cybercrime transactions since he joined the syndicate.
Mba added that on conclusion of investigations, the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.