- Six Nigerians have been sanctioned by the government of the US
- The Nigerians were said to have been involved in an alleged $6m cyber fraud
- The US vowed to protect its citizens and businesses against activities of cybercriminals
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The govenments of the United States on Tuesday, June 16, sanctioned six Nigerians over alleged cybercrime worth $6 million (approximately N2.3bn).
The sanction was announced in a statement released by the US secretary of state, Micheal Pompeo.
According to the information on the country's treasury department's website, the perpetrators of the fraud are between the ages of 32 and 37.
"The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology," part of the statement announcing the sanction read.
"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."
The US gave the names of the Nigerians as:
1. Benson Orson
2. Kayode Abiola
3. Ogunshakin Alex
4. Okpoh Felix
5. Olorunyomi Micheal
6. Uzuh Richard
The country further disclosed that the perpetrators deployed many manipulated technological means to attacks various vulnerable American businesses.
"The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources," the statement further read.
The US announced the penalty barely a week after another Nigerian, Raymond Igbalodely popularly known as Hushpuppi, was arrested in Dubai alongside one Mr Woodbery and several others by Interpol and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in Dubai.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that social media has been buzzing with reactions following the alleged involvement of popular social media influencer, Adeherself, in internet fraud.
In a statement shared to their official Twitter handle, five suspects were apprehended in different areas of Lagos during a raid by operatives, in regards to the allegation.
Adewale who is 20 and his accomplice, Lamina Hamzat Ajibola (the face behind the account Adeherself) were arrested at the Agungi area of Lekki, Lagos state.
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