Internet fraud: EFCC arrests 2 in Ibadan

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested two persons for internet fraud in Ibadan.

This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by EFCC’s Head of Public Affairs in the Ibadan Zonal Office of the commission, Mr Ayo Oyewole.

The statement stated that the suspects, aged 26 and 29, were involved in various internet fraud activities.

It stated that one of the suspects was engaged in internet love and romance scam, while the other, a self -acclaimed fashion director, often surfed the internet for online purchases through auction sites.

The statement alleged that the first suspect had, on the internet, impersonated two American Army officers– Sergeant Shaft Pagan and Perrie Edingson—said to be serving in Afghanistan.

The commission, in the statement, explained further that the second suspect engaged unsuspecting ladies on the internet in a dating and romance scam through which he fleeced them of their money.

According to the statement, the last scam involved one P. J, (full name withheld) from the United States of America.

The suspect claimed he obtained about N4m in tranches, an amount which he used in buying a car.

The other suspect, who the statement said lived in old Bodija, Ibadan, lived an ostentatious life without a definite job.

The statement said the EFCC had from series of intelligence gathered that the suspect was always indoors surfing the internet.

It said though arrested differently, both suspects had confessed in their statements to internet fraud.

An envelope containing several documents, one laptop, three modems, one iphone and two Nokia phones were recovered from one of the suspects.

“Others are an international passport, forged Union Bank Statement of Account with NUBAN number 10141411389,” the statement said.

It said the EFCC also recovered three identity cards bearing different names and biodata, a 2010 black Toyota Lexus car with registration number (Lagos) SMK 475 EH.

The statement further said that the EFCC recovered two laptop computers, one Blackberry phone and several love scam mails from another suspect.

It said that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigation was completed.