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Not less than 80 Nigerians have been put in the public domain by the United States Government over fraudulent activities, the FBI described this to be one of the biggest frauds that have gone down in history.

The United States Department of Justice released a statement on Thursday which included the list of the group of fraudsters who have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, conspiracy to launder money, and aggravated identity theft among other substantive charges.

Nairametrics understands that the Nigerians had been implicated in several internet fraud cases before this latest fraud one which involved collaboration with federal and state agents to scam people most especially senior citizens.

According to FBI, one Valentine Iro, aged 31, and Chukwudi Christogunus Igbokwe, aged 38, were the lead suspects in the crime. The FBI made it known that once a victim deposited funds into a bank account or a money services account, the aforementioned suspects coordinate with others to further launder the funds.

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What you should know: The US attorney, Nick Hanna revealed that the FBI, are targeting the 80 suspects involved in the Business email compromise (BEC) scam including the operatives responsible for enabling the fraud cases. He noted that so far a total of 14 suspects in Los Angeles have been arrested but unfortunately many of these suspects are also located in Nigeria.

About BEC scams: Business email compromise attacks (BEC) is a form of cyber-crime in which email accounts are hacked to convince businesses or individuals to make payments that are either completely bogus or that should have been otherwise paid to legitimate companies.

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What this means for Nigeria: The 80-man fraud list has indeed once again, put Nigeria and Nigerians in bad light on the global map of integrity, denting an already fragile image among nations. This news comes barely a week after Obinwanne Okeke was also arrested by the FBI for committing computer fraud. Nigerians are yet to get over that and here comes a new shocker.


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