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Most Internet fraudsters on FBI list tracked, arrested — Magu

The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has revealed that most internet fraudsters on the wanted-list of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have been tracked and arrested.

Magu disclosed this during a with stakeholders on Friday.

He said: “Some of the Nigerians mentioned in the infamous FBI list of cyber fraudsters have been tracked, arrested and are being prosecuted in courts across the country by the Commission.

“In October alone the Commission recorded over 200 arrests of suspected Internet fraud suspects in carefully coordinated operations across our offices. However, the major talking point for us was the recent arrest of celebrated social media personality and alleged internet fraudster, Ismaila Mustapha, also known as Mompha and his Lebanese accomplice, Hamza Koudeih.”

The EFCC boss revealed that the joint operation between his agency and FBI codenamed Operation Rewired yielded a lot of dividends.

“The exercise was meant to dismantle the network of organised criminal gang that specialize in Business Email Compromise schemes, designed to intercept and hijack wire transfers from businesses and individuals.

“The operation resulted in the seizure of nearly $2.4 million, and the disruption and recovery of approximately $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers.”

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