EFCC reveals new hub of cyber fraud syndicates in Lagos, arrests 402
- The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has identified Lekki area of Lagos state as the preferred location for internet-related fraud
- Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency's spokesman made this known in a statement issued on Friday, September 3
- According to Uwujaren, the commission arrested 402 suspects the upper middle class area for internet-related fraud
Lekki - The Lagos state command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has named Lekki axis as the new hub of internet-related fraud.
This was made known by Wilson Uwujaren, the anti-graft agency's spokesman in a statement shared on the commission's Facebook page on Friday, September 3.
Uwujaren noted that data from the investigation activities of the Lagos command revealed that the fast-developing upper middle class area is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates.
According to him, 402 suspects were arrested in Lekki for internet-related fraud by the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections in the second quarter of 2021.
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The suspects are mostly millennials between the age 25-34 years. Most of the individuals are either still in school, recent graduates or university drop outs.
Analysis shows that the dominant form of internet crime is Dating Scam/Online Dating Scam/Romance Scam, while others are forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, rental scam, loan fraud, Business Email Compromise, Hacking, stealing, cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.
Between April and June, 2021, a total of $12, 512.49 was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects.
Fraud Claims: Apologise or meet us in court, Kogi govt threatens EFCC
Earlier, the Kogi state government, on Thursday, September 2, said it would drag EFCC to court over a purported order it secured, which led to the freezing of its account with a new generation bank.
It said the action by the EFCC has embarrassed the government, insisting that the claims made were false.
The spokesman of the Kogi state government, Kingsley Fanwo, made the threat while speaking to journalists in Abuja.
Fanwo assured Kogites, the state government's partners, investors and the general public that the Bello-led administration is committed to transparency, probity and accountability.