The Abuja Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Thursday, April 25, 2019, arrested four suspects; Ajiero Onyeka, Clement Peter, Mustapha Zubiri, Agbo Austine Taylor for allegedly attempting to carry out a fraudulent Bank Wire Transfer to the tune of $200,000 about N72, 000, 000 (Seventy-Two Million Naira).
A team of EFCC operatives swooped down on the suspects as they were about to transfer the said amount from the account of an unsuspecting foreigner into a domiciliary account in Nigeria.
The Commission was tipped off when the suspects were sourcing for domiciliary account number which they will use to receive the money.
Bank Wire Transfer fraudsters have a practice of using other people’s domiciliary account to receive fraudulent money with the promise of giving the account holder a commission from the money.
In some other instances, some of the account holders will be kept totally in the dark as to the source of the fund. When the transaction is completed, the account holder will become the hunted criminal, while the main perpetrator will disappear without traces.
The public is hereby warned to be vigilant and not to give out their account numbers for the purpose of receiving money on behalf of anyone.
The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigation is concluded.
In a related development, the Abuja Zonal Office of the EFCC has turned the heat on internet fraudsters, operating within the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
On Thursday April 25, 2019, the Commission nabbed Mmizoro Chinedu and Utyo Philip, two suspected internet fraudsters at the Nigerian Army Resettlement Estate, Jikwoyi, Abuja.
The suspects were arrested following intelligence report that alleged that they were perpetrating internet fraud. The suspects put up a fight while resisting arrest which resulted in injury on one of the EFCC operatives.
One of the suspects, Mmizoro Chinedu who wanted to conceal evidence against him threw his phone into the toilet but it was retrieved and is currently undergoing digital forensics investigation in the Commission.
Similarly, the zone raided the Kings Court Estate residence of three suspected internet fraudsters. They are: Odili Augustine, Odili Philips and Elvis Albert.
The home of the three suspects was raided following an anonymous tip-off to the Commission on the activities of the suspects who were alleged to have swindled unsuspecting victims off their hard-earned money.
Tony Orilade acting Head, Media and Publicity in a press release made available to News Critic said some items recovered from the three suspects include, a white Honda Cross tour, laptops, sophisticated phones and documents of some landed properties.