Crime

34 Internet Fraudsters Land in EFCC’s Net

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 34 suspected internet fraudsters, also known as Yahoo Yahoo Boys.

They were apprehended in separate operations in Ibadan, Oyo State and Lagos.

Twenty four of the suspects, most of whom claimed to be undergraduates, were rounded up on Thursday April 1, 2021 at their hideout in Apete area of Ibadan, Oyo State by operatives from the Ibadan zonal office of the commission.

The early morning raid followed actionable intelligence on their alleged involvement in internet-related crimes.

The arrest led to the recovery of valuable items, including four exotic cars, mobile phones, laptops, SIM cards and several incriminating documents.

 The remaining ten suspects were arrested by Operatives of the Lagos Zonal Office on March 30, 2021 at Horizon II Estate, Meadow Hall Way, Lekki, Lagos following credible information on their alleged criminal activities.

The suspects were allegedly involved in romance scam, unemployment benefits scam, identity theft, and purchase of malicious tools to compromise corporate email accounts and intercept email messages.

 Items recovered from the suspects include mobile phones and laptop computers.

The suspects have volunteered statements to the commission and would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

Sunday Ogunyemi

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