The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has appealed for information that would lead to the arrest of 6 notorious internet scammers who are all Nigerians.
The agency alleged that the 6 Nigerians were involved in business email compromise (BEC) schemes that resulted in over $6 million fraud.
“Help the FBI find six Nigerian nationals wanted for their involvement in business email compromise (BEC) schemes resulting in over $6 million in losses,” it said on its official Twitter page on Saturday morning.
The six Nigerians are Richard Uzuh, Alex Afolabi, Felix Okpoh, Abiola Kayode, Nnamdi Benson, and Michael Olorunyomi. The FBI believes Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh is currently residing in Nigeria.
“Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh is wanted for his alleged involvement in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme that defrauded over 70 different businesses in the United States resulting in combined losses of over $6,000,000 USD,” said FBI.
“Uzuh and his co-conspirators, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, and Nnamdi Orson Benson, allegedly sent spoofed emails to thousands of businesses in the United States requesting fraudulent wire transfers.
“Uzuh allegedly worked with money launderers, romance scammers, and others involved in BEC schemes to launder the proceeds of their crimes through a complex network of witting and unwitting people in the United States and abroad.
“On October 18, 2016, Uzuh was indicted in the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, Omaha, Nebraska, on charges of Wire Fraud and Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud. On October 19, 2016, a federal warrant was issued for his arrest.”
According to FBI, “Ogunshakin allegedly provided bank accounts to Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, and other co-conspirators Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, and Nnamdi Orson Benson, that were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers.”
According to FBI, “Benson allegedly provided bank accounts to Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh that were used to receive fraudulent wire transfers. Benson also allegedly conducted romance fraud and advanced fee fraud schemes himself.”
This comes after Ramon Abbas, widely known as Hushpuppi, an Instagram celebrity, was arrested in Dubai for allegedly defrauding over 1.5 million people to the tune of over N190 billion.