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A sophisticated team of 16 internet fraudsters arrested in Nigeria with luxury cars and gold watches Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021

The picture sent to TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA in Washington D.C. by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission could be mistaken for a Nigerian soccer team preparing for the 2022 FIFA World Cup Tournament in Qatar. In reality, the anti-corruption agency says it is a sophisticated team of mega fraudsters practicing their trade on the worldwide web. In Nigeria, they are known as the “Yahoo Yahoo Boys” of the dark web stealing from world.

Operatives of the Benin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  in an early morning raid on Saturday, June 22, 2019, arrested 16 suspected internet fraudsters at their hideout in Ughoton and Udu communities, Warri, Delta State.

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The suspects who are between the ages of 20 to 30 were arrested sequel to intelligence report.

Items recovered from them at the point of arrest include laptop computers, iPhones, Android phones, ATM cards, and four exotic vehicles. The cars are Luxus ES330, GLK 4 Matic, Luxus RX 330 and Luxus ES350.

The arrest of the fraudsters is one in the series by operatives of the Commission in line with the directive of the acting Executive Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu to rid the entire country of internet fraud and cyber crime.

The suspects have made useful statements and will soon be charged to court. 

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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