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EFCC arrests Four Dropouts for Million Dollar Internet scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested four suspected Internet fraudsters in Lagos.

The suspects, who reportedly made millions of dollars from scamming foreigners mostly from the U.S and Europe are Oluwaseun Michael, 28; Igbokwe Chijioke, 27; Felix Chukwudi, 22 and Babajide Goloba.

The suspects, who are also school drop-outs have confessed to being involved in romance/ marriage scam, Internet advertisement scam, spoofing of emails and interception of business mails.

They have also confessed to be working as couriers for movement of stolen funds by other cyber-criminals. They own companies with no fixed addresses, which they used to cover up the real sources of their money. 

Items recovered from the suspects at the time of their arrest include laptops, handsets and phishing scripts, among others.

The anti-graft agency said they would soon be charged to court.

Photo Credit: @Officialefcc

7 Comments

  1. E

    October 7, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Oh God! Please protect our young adults…..instill in them the spirit of hard work…..may they understand that genuine hard work pays. Let them not be carried away by material things that they forget that only a few inherit wealth while many others actually genuinely WORK for it.

    Being a school dropout (be it on the grounds of finance or inability to cope with studies) is nothing compared to what awaits them if they venture into other things. The country is hard, very hard engaging in fraudulent activities is not just the way out.

    These guys young for this.

    Raising kids in this day and age is really hard work but God is with us.

  2. Hmm

    October 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    It is time government did something strategic concerning the school curriculum in Nigeria, If those school drop out are intelligent enough to scam Europeans for million of dollars, It is time to instill technical courses and placements in schools. Over-syllabus and unemployment is killing Nigerians

  3. LemmeRant

    October 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Its really not about the school system or anything like that. I used to think that too but I’ve learned

    A lot of these yahoo boys (especially the new ones) intentionally drop out of school cuz they believe being a Yahoo scammer is more lucrative than a white collar job or entrepreneurship. And one might argue,they have a point seeing the multitudes of graduates flocking the street with either terrible, low income highly stressful jobs (all in the name of experience) or no jobs at all.

    They’ve weighed their options and concluded yahoo is their best bet, also keep in mind that these guys probably didn’t have outstanding results in school either, so if 1st class and 2.1s are having it tough, what hope do they have? Plus no be everybody sabi sing or rap.

    Sha sha, I still dont understand how these white ppl keep falling prey. The last time I got a text from a scammer he said my ATM had stopped working and I should call a particular No. for details on retrieving it – ATM I just used the day b4 how manage? Also the text sent to me was from a private No which is very unusual for my bank or any bank. none of my bank details were referenced like my name, acct no. Even the bank name sending the message was missing. Didn’t have their time so I just deleted the message and continued using my ATM card.

    • AceOfSpades

      October 8, 2017 at 12:20 am

      Yahoo have gone far past those ATM things. Google up Tax fraud, BEC fraud, email compromise fraud. It’s serious problem now with millions of dollars going missing. It’s like you haven’t been to VI, Lekki and Ikoyi recently and see young guys drive GLE and GWagon and Range like it costs 1,000 naira.

  4. kkay

    October 7, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    @ Hmm your comment is spot on.
    Nigeria is a morally decadent society that celebrates ill-gotten wealth. The pace was set by looting political leaders and government officials who go unpunished by the law because they have bought over the Judiciary with cash and threats.

    Our youths have no upright models to inspire them with exemplary and righteous lifestyle because most of them are children of corrupt politicians, ;government officials , civil servants, Aso Rock contractors and a morally bankrupt society.
    The future generation would be worse off. The foundation is destroyed in Nigeria!

  5. Temi Tope

    October 8, 2017 at 12:19 am

    THEY TRIED TO SCAM ME .. IN THE U.S SENDING ME A MESSAGE FROM A NIGERIAN BANK THAT I NEEDED TO CHANGE MY PASSWORD.. THEN IN ANOTHER TIME IT WAS LINK IN WHICH THEY SAY THEY WERE DATING SITES… You see this bleeds my heart, because people like these scums made all the rest think that NIGERIANS ARE CROOKS.. EVEN WHEN I LISTEN TO CONVERSATION, I HEARD PEOPLE SAYING.. OH NIGERIANS ARE CRIMINALS, THIEVES, CROOKS, LIARS.. IT BLEEDS MY HEART BECAUSE NOT ALL NIGERIANS ARE LIKE THAT. MANY ARE HARD WORKERS, RESPECTFUL CITIZENS, GOOD PEOPLE AND GOD FEARING INDIVIDUALS.. IT IS JUST A SHAME…

  6. Felix happy

    October 13, 2017 at 10:33 am

    They said four dropouts but we are only seeing 3 people. Please where and who is the fourth person?

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