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FBI in collaboration with EFCC arrest 167 Nigerians for alleged Fraudulent Activities



Few weeks ago, The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arraigned 77 Nigerians for fraud related activities.

In a new development, the FBI arrested 281 individuals, including 167 Nigerians for involvement in fraudulent Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes, the agency announced recently.

The FBI said it worked in collaboration with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest 167 suspected fraudsters in Nigeria alone.

The latest arrest is part of Operation reWired, a four-month international operation designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals, FBI disclosed.

74 people were reportedly arrested in the US, 15 in Ghana and 18 in Turkey, while Nigeria had the largest number of arrest.

Arrests was also made in Japan, Kenya, France, Italy, Malaysia and the United Kingdom (UK).

An FBI statement reads in part:

Deputy Attorney General Rosen expressed gratitude for the outstanding efforts of the participating countries, including law enforcement actions that were coordinated and executed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria to curb business email compromise schemes that defraud businesses and individuals alike.

Photo Credit: Premium Times Nigeria

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