The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, , Lagos Zonal Office, has arrested five suspected Internet fraudsters, and also recovered N31 million from them.

The suspects – Paul Duru, Daniel Effiong, David Gold, Moses Gold and Eke Kelechi, were arrested following a petition received by the EFCC from a new generation bank.

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The bank had observed suspicious transactions on an account belonging to Duru, after he received N63 million.

He was subsequently arrested by operatives of the EFCC.

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His led to the apprehension of the other suspected fraudsters.

Investigations revealed that Duru was hired by Effiong, a “catfisher”, who presented himself as Arbara Williams, a 27-year-old Caucasian.

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A “catfisher” is an individual who uses the Internet, and in particular, online dating websites to lure people into romance scam.

Duru allegedly had a ‘picker’ in the United States, one John T. Benn, who received money in dollars and sent to him.

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On his part, Effiong established a relationship with one Sung Yong Hwa, a Korean and Peter Davito, a Canadian.

The others were arrested for allegedly involving in love scam.

They will soon be charged to court.

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