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3 Nigerians arrested over protective mask fraud, among others

Operatives of the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja have arrested three 3 suspects on accounts of fraud.

The suspects are Samson Inegbenesun, Blessed Junior and Muhammed Zakari, all male and in their 30’s.

According to a statement by the police spokesman, the suspects were arrested for cyber-related offences including advance fee fraud, money laundering and romance scams.

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The suspects were arrested in Uromi, their hometown in Edo state following investigations into suspected fraudulent online procurement and supply of COVID-19 protective mask, received through the INTERPOL NCB Wiesbaden, Germany.

“Investigations reveal that Samson Inegbenosun is an internet fraudster and a member of a Turkey-based online scamming syndicate.

He supplies foreign and local bank accounts to receive fraudulent funds and use same as a conduit to other feeder accounts,” the statement revealed.

Investigations revealed that he has made over N120million from internet fraud and other cybercrime dealings.

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Samson also received the sum of 52,000 EUROs recently from his criminal associates in Italy as commission for his active involvement in an international cybercrime deal.

The third person, Mohammed Zakari, is said to be an expert in internet fraud, identity theft and impersonation, and falsely claims to be a British citizen.