U.S PENALIZES 6 NIGERIAN CYBER FRAUDSTERS
The U.S. Department of Justice, and the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Tuesday, June 13 penalized six Nigerian cyber fraudsters for stealing over $6m from Americans.
The culprits are Richard Uzuh (Uzuh), Micheal Olorunyomi (Olorunyomi), Alex Ogunshakin (Ogunshakin), Felix Okpoh (Okpoh), Nnamdi Benson (Benson), and Abiola Kayode (Kayode).
The accused individuals swindled unsuspecting American individuals and businesses through romance fraud and Business email compromise BEC, the U.S. statement said.
Business Email Compromise explained. Image credit U.S DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
In a press release signed by Michael Pompeo, The U.S. secretary of State, the offenders “impersonated business executives and requested and received wire transfers from legitimate business accounts. Money was also stolen from innocent Americans by romance fraud, in which the designees masqueraded as affectionate partners to gain trust from victims.”
Consequent to their crimes, the U.S. has seized all their assets and properties within the country.
“Property and interests in property of the designated persons that are in the possession or control of U.S. persons or within or transiting the United States are blocked, and U.S. persons generally are prohibited from dealing with them,” the statement read.