- EFCC has arrested a suspected fraudster in Owerri, Imo state capital
- The suspect, Onyebuchi Julius, was arrested on December 9, for impersonating CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele
- Wilson Uwujaren, the EFCC spokesman, said Julius focused on BEC to swindle his victims
A suspected fraudster, Onyebuchi Julius, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for impersonating the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele.
The Cable reports that the commission's spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement he issued on Friday, December 20, said that Julius was arrested in Owerri, Imo state capital, on December 6.
Legit.ng gathered that he said the suspect focused on Business Email Compromise (BEC) for his cybercrime activities.
Uwujaren said Julius had disguised as the CBN governor using firstname.lastname@example.org as his email address to defraud one Omar Deeb, among other victims.
The statement read: “A cyber fraudster (yahoo boy) by name Onyebuchi Nwalozie Julius has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state, for impersonating the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
“Onyebuchi a native of Ngor-Okpala in Imo state, who claims to be involved into estate management, confessed under interrogation, that he impersonated the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN governor, Dr. Godwin Emefiele with email account: email@example.com and defrauded one Mr. Omar Es Sh Deeb.
"The suspect whose specialty is Business Email Compromise BEC, said his modus operandi involves searching for email addresses via Google search and sending convincing emails to prospective victims.”
Uwujaren said two laptop devices, two mobile phones, a Toyota Venza, were among the items recovered from the suspect.
He said the investigation was ongoing despite Julius’s confession of benefiting at least N4.5 million from his cybercrime engagements.
“Onyebuchi was arrested on December 6, 2019, at Owerri in Imo state. At the point of his arrest, the following items were recovered from him: A HP Laptop Envy with serial number CND62544TZ; HP Laptop with serial number SCD8022CSF; iPhone X; Nokia phone, ECOWAS International Passport-55389766, Drivers Licence and a Toyota Venza with registration No. LSR 23 FQ.
“An analysis of the HP Envy Laptop revealed quite a number of scam emails sent by Onyebuchi to one of his victims, an Arabian Omar Deeb, with bogus contract proposals purported to have emanated from CBN, while he posed as CBN Governor. Onyebuchi successfully defrauded Mr Deeb who remitted funds, thinking he was actually dealing with the CBN Governor Dr Godwin Emefiele," the statement further read.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the minister of works and housing, Raji Fashola, was swindled by an internet fraudster, Malik Wakili.
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It was reported that Wakili was arrested by the EFCC after he squeezed out the sum of N3.1 million from the minister.
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