EFCC Arrests Female Suspect On FBI List In Edo State

The
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has confirmed that its
collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation has led to the
arrest of a female suspect cyber fraudster in Edo State.

EFCC said the female suspect (names withheld) worked in collaboration
with foreign counterpart in dark web. Head of Benin Zonal Office Muhtar Bello,
said the female suspect was involved in obtaining and stealing people’s
identification information which she forward to her American
collaborators.  

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Bello said her American collaborators used the information to file
for fraudulent tax return with the Internal Revenue Service. He stated
that the suspect received her CT through Bitcoin and about 185 Bitcoin
currently worth N656m was traced to her.  

The EFCC Zonal head said it independently arrested a cybercriminal
and two siblings involved in Business Email Compromise (BEC). Bello
outlined their operandi as searching for victims’ email addresses
especially official Business Email addresses; create a phishing link and
compromising the process in order to defraud unsuspecting victims.

According to him, “The three suspects will have their date in court
soon. We do not want to state the woman’s name so as not to compromise
investigation. The Commission is resolute in exterminating cybercrime
and bringing to book all those involved in this despicable activity.

“As part of our strategic plans to tackle this malaise, the Benin
Zonal Office, from January to date, through intelligence raided the
hideout of internet fraudsters in our jurisdiction-Edo, Delta and Ondo
States. These raids led to the arrest of 113 internet fraudsters. While
the prosecution of many of the cases is ongoing in court, we have so far
secured 53 convictions in the period under review.”

Over 30 exotic cars, charms, laptops, mobile phones, flash drives, according to him, were recovered from the suspects.

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