The United States government has released the names of six Nigerians sanctioned for involvement in fraud to the tune of $6million.
According to the US department of state via its website, the individuals stole over six million dollars from vulnerable victims across the United States using business email compromise (BEC) and romance fraud.
The names of the six persons identified are Richard Uzuh, Michael Olorunyomi, Alex Ogunshakin, Felix Okpoh, Nnamdi Benson, and Abiola Kayode.
US secretary of state, Micheal Pompeo, in the statement released on Tuesday said the government will not tolerate any fraud act against its citizens.
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The statement read partly: “Technological advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans.
“Today, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control took action against six Nigerian nationals, pursuant to Executive Order 13694 as amended, for conducting an elaborate online scheme to steal more than $6 million from victims across the United States.
“The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources. The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology.
“The United States will use all of the tools at our disposal to defend the American people and businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses.”