The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos Zonal Office, has apprehended five suspects who are alleged to be Internet fraudsters, and also recovered N31 million from the 5 suspected internet fraudsters.
The 5 internet fraudster suspects are named as follows: Paul Duru, Daniel Effiong, David Gold, Moses Gold and Eke Kelechi.
All the 5 suspected internet fraudsters were known to have been apprehended following a petition gathered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) from a new generation bank.
The bank had been watching some suspicious transactions on an account belonging to Paul Duru who was one of the apprehended internet fraudsters after he had received N63 million.
When the EFCC got information of this from the new generation bank, they swung into action immediately and arrested Paul Duru.
When Paul Duru was arrested, he further went on to lead the operatives of EFCC to the apprehension of the other suspected internet fraudsters which he kept as friends and did business with them as well.
Several deep investigations showed that Paul Duru was hired by Effiong, an alleged catfisher, who presented himself as Arbara Williams, a 27-year-old Caucasian.
For those who are not aware of this might mean, a catfisher is an individual who uses the Internet, most especially online dating websites to lure people into romance and thereby scam them of their hard earned money.
Duru allegedly had a ‘picker’ in the United States, one John T. Benn, who received money in dollars and sent to him.
On the part of Effiong, the alleged catfisher, he built a strong relationship with one Sung Yong Hwa, a Korean and Peter Davito who is a Canadian.
The other suspects were apprehended for allegedly involving in love and romance scam.
The suspects will, however, be charged to court soon.