Just when you think internet fraud has piped down in our country, another fraud will hit the headlines.
The latest auto report has it that EFCC, the law enforcement agency in Nigeria, tasked with the responsibility of investigating financial crimes, has brought to the attention of the general public the huge recovery their commission made when they raided the mansion of a popular Yahoo boy by name, Tomilola Owootomo.
Tomilola is a suspected internet fraudster and found in his mansion was the sum of $49,000 which is 17m in Nigerian currency. Also found were five luxurious cars. They are two Bugatti, Mercedes Benz GLK, Porsche and another Mercedes Benz. The mansion was said to be a duplex worth 300m.
EFCC- The Economic and Financial Crimes Comission
EFFC operatives were working on a tip-off when Tomilola's home was raided at Gwarimpa, in Abuja. However, the 22 years old Yahoo boy evaded arrest.
EFCC acting spokesman, Mr. Tony Orilade, made a public statement where he said 'runaway' Tomilola was one, out of other seven persons who were suspected to be internet fraudsters. Their locations were all raided by EFCC operatives.
Mr. Orilade went further to mention the names of other six suspects which were all arrested. They are John Onwochei, Marvin Nwankwo, Joel Onwochei, Jude Olatekobowale, Prince Ojenike, and Chimezie Ezeife.
Six out of 7 suspects have been arrested
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EFCC claimed to have found the following items with Chimezie Ezeife: Toyota Camry, Mercedes Benz C300, Lexus Jeep, a passport, four laptops, two iPhones, a Samsung phone, blackberry phones, and several wrist watches.
And not only that, quite a lot of suspicious email addresses were tracked down to his account.
Orilade continued his statement here,
The investigation into the activities of another syndicate traced to the Nova Estate in Apo led to the arrest of two brothers, Joel and John. John, the younger brother, confessed that he got involved in Internet fraud as a student. He successfully defrauded one Miss Lynese from Zambia, using Facebook, in the guise that he was one Carlos Gomes, a British citizen. Joel confessed that his brother initiated him into a love scam.
Items found in his possession were iPhone 6 and iPhone 7. He also confessed to having a landed property in Benin, Edo State, all of which he acquired with the money he made from Internet fraud. Two laptop computers, a white Range Rover Sport, white Mercedes Benz E350, and a grey Toyota Camry were recovered from him.
The residence of the seventh suspect, Tomilola Owootomo, 22, was also raided at the Gwarimpa area, following information about his shady activities. Exhibits recovered from Owootomo, who is currently at large, are two Bugatti cars, a Mercedes Benz GLK, Mercedes Benz car, Porshe, $49,000 and duplex worth N300m.
Mr. Orilade, the spokesman, said after they are done with investigations, the suspected Internet fraudsters will be prosecuted.
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EFCC is stepping up their game to fish out Yahoo boys