The Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two suspected internet fraudsters said to specialise in stealing people’s identities online to defraud foreign nationals.
EFCC, in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, gave the names of the arrested suspects as Akeju, Crown Babatunde (31) and Agbanah, Toba (35).
The anti corruption body stressed that the suspected internet fraudsters were arrested at different locations in Ibadan following intelligence gathered on their alleged involvement in internet frauds and that after diligent examination of data and documents retrieved from the two suspects, it was able to establish enough ground for prosecuting the suspects for acts contrary to the provisions of Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc) Act, 2015, and would be accordingly charged to court soon.
In the statement, EFCC added that: “Akeju, for instance, was found of mining information from online sites, and was in possession of personal information and addresses of several Americans who had fallen victim to his fraudulent acts at different times.
“The suspect usually operated with two email accounts – one personal and one other supposedly official – to penetrate his victims and dispossess them of their hard-earned money.
“EFCC’s investigations also established Akeju’s deployment of fake identity to engage foreigners in romantic affairs with the intention to defraud them. Findings revealed various lodgements from his foreign victims into his Nigerian bank accounts.”