Three arrested for multimillion naira COVID-19 scam

The cybercrime unit of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB) has arrested three men for allegedly involving in a suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective masks received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.

The suspects identified as 30-year-old Samson Inegbenesun, 32-year-old Blessed Junior and 36-year-old who are natives of Uromi, Edo state were arrested for alleged cybercrime including advance-fee fraud, money laundering and romance scam.

According to the police, the suspects belonged to a transnational syndicate that has defrauded their victims of hundreds of millions of naira.

This was contained in a statement released by the Police Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba.

The force spokesman said Turkey-based Inegbenosun supplied foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds.

He said the accounts were also used as conduits to other feeder accounts, adding that the police recovered a house worth N20million, a Toyota RAV4 2015 model valued at N6.5million and a Toyota Matrix 2002 model worth N2,000,000 which he procured with proceeds of crime.

Mba said Junior returned from Italy in February but maintained close dealings with his associates there.

“Investigations revealed that he has made over  N120m from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings. He also received the sum of €52,000 recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal. He owns a filling station established with the proceeds of the crime,” Mba said.

“Zakari, an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, falsely claimed to be a British citizen. He also posed as one Kelly Galk on online dating apps which he used to carry out romance scams and to defraud unsuspecting members of the public, locally and internationally.”

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