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37 Nigerian internet scammers who were living like royals arrested Updated for 2021


Updated: February 24, 2021

The South-east Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 arrested 37 suspected internet fraudsters in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

The arrest followed a raid on some targeted residences in Okwu Urata, Aladinma and Egbu areas.

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The Commission’s action followed intelligence report which pointed that the suspects were living lavish lifestyles without any known means of livelihood, alleging further that they specialize in defrauding unsuspecting victims, through the internet.

In the course of executing the search warrants, items which included laptop computers, 25 exotic cars, which include several brands of Mercedez-Benz, Lexus, Toyota and expensivemobile phones, were recovered.

Speaking on the development, theZonal Head, Usman Imam, who said the exercise was in line with the Commission’s mandate decried the high rate of cybercrime in the zone which he blamed on the erosion and breakdown  of  country’s values.

“It is true that no society has been able to totally eradicate crime, but we are ready at least to reduce it to the barest minimum and it appears that this cybercrime is one of the challenges of our time, which theEFCC is willing to face drastically,” Imam said.

Questioning the lifestyle of the suspects, Iman said; “What is the business of a university student, a new graduate or youth corper looking for money to buy a car of N10 million? Obviously, this is rushing life and a collapse of our positive value system where people rarely want to start from a humble beginning,” Imam added.

Usman lamented that if nothing wasdone, the country’s leadership could be jeopardized as many youths involved in cybercrimes are expected to take up leadership positions in the future.

The suspects who volunteered their statements under caution will be charged to court as soon investigations into the matter are concluded.         


Tony Orilade
Tony Orilade
Tony Orilade, a Nigerian journalist, is Acting Head, Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Abuja, Nigeria. This is an official statement from him. The headline might have been slightly modified.


  1. I have also been scammed by these scammers pretending to be in the military from the US. I have lost thousands, believing in people. I can’t trust anyone I feel like saying to them I am not a bank account. Hope these people go to jail and never be freed

  2. Are there any updates on the disposition of this case regarding these 37 Nigerian scammers? I might have input on these. Is there a Joseph Dare involved ?

  3. There is also a group from Australia who are big time scammers- they call it “ Hustling “ They have big fine homes-cars- wear suits like they have “jobs” They have stolen thousands & thousands of dollars from women- They are also involved in an “investment” company and try to get women to invest. Then they take the money. The name of the investment company is “ Universal FX Investments” It is all a scam! These scums need to be stopped!

  4. I hope you got a ohunola oyewale first bank stateoyowas used as Michael wood in USA military over there phone 2348130621595

  5. I hope the man using the name “Malone M Brandon” is one of these who were arrested. I didn’t lose as much money as some people has, but I fell for his lies and his deception. I hope God repays him for everything that he has done to others as well as me.

  6. im not good looking at all and am always targeted by these type of people thankfully i never been scammed. i do have an ip tracker so i kn ow what area these so called good looking females are from

  7. I was scammed of my life savings by a John Robert who I met on line in 2014. I was still grieving the loss of my husband and thought he was an honest person. I was happy to find a friend? but he got everything, my heart, my love, my health, and my family. Now on Google. Using different names but sent me photos of a man who reminded me of my late husband. Said he was smarter than me and said he was in Canada but the funds were sent to Nigeria. Now I’m 79 and my health is hurting as well as my being able to sort through problems at home. I owe taxes and may end up with out my home which is all I didn’t sell to help him.

  8. I also have been scammed..
    Yes now I can believe he was not real.. but please everyone realize, those of who were scammed have experienced both loss of our cash but our emotional loss is far greater

  9. I fell for a scam as well. Out of the four scams I fell for, At least to of them were probably Nigerians. Its really sad how these African scammers can get away with this. They all need to be rounded up, arrested, and forced to pay restitution back to their victims. I lost a few thousand dollars in scams.

  10. I’ve been a victim twice first name was Alfermann Armstrong pretending to be a Mining Engineer and got a project in Lagos Nigeria never found if his real😭 and the second was Robert Kenneth Jones he was posing as an Architect from Baltimore Maryland with Address 6938 Unit 2A Marsue Drive Baltimore Maryland USA 21215 He had story of being stranded in Phnom Phen Cambodia while collecting his dead father’s money who worked there as an Engineer. I posted his pictures and his alleged phone numbers in Maryland and Cambodia on Facebook to keep warn his next victims. Account name on Facebook ROBERT KENNETH JONES.

  11. Law force agencies don’t want to help
    I have been on touch kumare hayes who works in a children’s hospital who admited she received my money but then got a so called Dr Arum Sharma involved who threatened me; these criminals need to be caught


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