- A 24-year-old Ghanaian fraudster identified as Emmanuel Poku has been jailed for committing fraud on an 'industrial scale'
- Poku who was nabbed with over 500,000 phone numbers and details of 35,000 bank cards is said to have been linked with defrauding the people in the tune of N891 million
- It was gathered that Poku used 'smishing' text messages to trick fraud victims and splashed the stolen money on expensive holidays around the world
A 24-year-old 'text message' fraudster has been nabbed and jailed for defrauding people to the tune of N891 million.
According to reports, the UK-based fraudster who was nabbed with 500,000 phone numbers and details of 35,000 bank cards sent 'smishing' text messages to unsuspecting victims, numbering into thousands before using Sim swaps to complete his fraud transactions.
According to Detective Sergeant Ben Hobbs of the City of London Police, Poku, was carrying out fraud on an 'industrial scale.' It was gathered that the young man had N5.3 million cash stashed in his home and had committed fraud of N22 million between January to April 2019.
Poku who was a resident of Enfield, UK, was said to have splashed the proceeds of his fraudulent activities on expensive holidays around the world and even took helicopter lessons.
He pled guilty to the crime and was given a 2-year and nine months sentence.
Meanwhile, the wrongful profiling of young Nigerians operating computing devices has been faulted by the Federal Ministry of Communications (FMC).
In a statement released on Tuesday, October 1, the spokesperson for the minister of communications, Uwa Suleiman, conveyed the ministry’s disapproval over “widespread harassment of young Nigerians with personal computers, tablets or phablets in public places”, and called for restraint.
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