The United States on Tuesday exposed six Nigerians on charges of Internet fraud worth more than six million dollars.
According to the Federal Bureau of investigation, the suspects are Richard Uzuh, Michael Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Felix Okpoh, Nnamdi Benson and Abiola Kayode.
In a statement on its website, the US state Department said the six men “manipulated their victims to gain access to their confidential information and financial resources.”
He explained that they target American companies and individuals using “compromising business email and romance fraud” by posing as American businessmen, requesting and receiving Bank transfers from their accounts.
He added that they target women, especially those who have just lost a spouse, deceiving them with love through calls and constant conversations until they win their trust and deceive their unsuspecting victims.
The US Department of justice stated that”all property and interests in the property of specified persons that are owned or controlled by American persons or within or in transit through the United States are blocked, and American persons are generally prohibited from dealing with them.”
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo warned: “the US will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology. The United States will use all the tools at our disposal to protect the American people and businesses from malicious actors who seek to target them, including cyber activists who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses.”
Profiles Of Suspects
Richard Uzuh was appointed under E. O. 13694 as amended for engaging in cybernetic activities that have the purpose or effect of significantly misappropriating funds or economic resources for private financial gain.
At least from early 2015 to September 2016, Uzuh and an accomplice sent victims emails that looked like they came from a real business Manager of the company, and requested and received Bank transfers of funds from the companies ‘ accounts. Uzuh often targeted more than 100 businesses in a single day. A loss of more than $ 6,300,000 can be attributed to the back scheme, led by Uzuh and his accomplice.
Michael Olorunyomi was appointed under E. O. 13694 as amended for engaging in cyber-activated activities that have the purpose or effect of causing significant misappropriation of funds or economic resources for private financial gain.
From September 2015 to June 2017 Olorunyomi and his accomplice was in charge of the scheme that has haunted Americans with a love of fraud. Olorunyomi and his associates created fictitious profiles on Dating sites and impersonating people looking for love. He established online relationships with victims to either receive funds directly from victims, or use their Bank accounts to funnel fraudulently obtained money. Losses in excess of $ 1,000,000 can be attributed to a romantic fraud scheme led by Olorunyomi and his accomplice.
Alex Ogunshakin was appointed under E. O. 13694, as amended, for providing financial, material or technological support to Uzuh.
Ogunshakin conducted BEC and romantic scams. Ogunshakin provided Uzuh and other accomplices with Bank accounts that were used to receive fraudulent Bank transfers. In addition, Ogunshakin helped Uzuh to contact the affected companies and conducted his own BEC schemes.
Felix Okpoh was appointed under E. O. 13694 as amended for providing financial, material or technological support to Uzuh.
Okoh spent a romantic fraud and engaged in money laundering, working closely with Usaha and other members of the scheme. Okpoh provided hundreds of Bank accounts in the US that were used to receive fraudulent Bank transfers from victims of BEC and romantic relationship fraud.
Nnamdi Benson was appointed under E. O. 13694, as amended, for providing financial, material or technological support to Uzuh.
Benson was involved in love scams and money laundering, working closely with Uzuh. Benson contacted several victims of romantic fraud to get their Bank details, and provided information about the Uzuh account to receive fraudulent Bank transfers from American companies.
Abiola Kayode was appointed in accordance with E. O. 13694, as amended, for the provision of financial, material or technological support Uzuh.
Kayode ran back-and-forth and romantic scams, working closely with Uzuh and others involved in the scheme. Kayode provided us Bank accounts to individuals involved in the scheme, one of which was then used to receive a fraudulent Bank transfer of us $ 69,150.