The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, has revealed the identities of 6 indicted Nigerians who are its most-wanted Internet fraudsters behind the $6,000,000 fraud.....CONTINUE READING
These team players defrauded the people of America through their involvement in the Business Email Compromise, BEC, schemes resulting in over $6 million in June 2020.
The six Nigerians include Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, Nnamdi Orson Benson, and Michael Olorunyomi.
It may be recalled that the declaration came days after the Dubai Special Weapons And Tactics Unit, SWAT, Police disclosed how they uncovered a fraud plan worth N168billion, involving a Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Raymond Igbalode, also known as Hushpuppi.
The six-man team players all had a task to help facilitate the fraudulent business scheme.
The leader of the team Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, was reportedly the mastermind behind the Business Email Compromise and romance fraud schemes. Over 70 different businesses in the United States partnered with him and incurred a large amount of losses.
Consequently, another lead to the scheme Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin was indicted on August 21, 2019, and declared wanted as he is linked to the scheme that defrauded different businesses. He played a vital role in providing bank accounts that were used to receive funds and assisted in the scheme by sending spoofed emails to businesses used to solicit wire transfers and on September 29, 2023, he was extradited to the US.
In the same vein, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Nnamdi Orson Benson, Micheal Olorunyomi, and Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh were wanted for their involvement in the fraud allegations.
Okpoh provided hundreds of bank accounts to Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh and his other co-conspirators, Alex Afolabi Ogunshakin, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, and Nnamdi Orson Benson, that were used to receive the wire transfer of $1,000,000. However, he turned himself in and has since been convicted.
Another syndicate Nnamdi Benson, sourced for accounts to direct the funds gotten from the schemes and was indicted by the court and has been on the run.
While Olorunyomi Micheal concentrated on romance fraud schemes which often targeted vulnerable elders or widows. Additionally, the bank accounts of many of his victims were provided to other co-conspirators to be used to receive wire transfers from other fraud schemes.
On the other hand, Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh the sixth man sent spoofed emails to thousands of businesses in the US requesting wire transfers and to date, four of the culprits are still at large.