The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal Office, has arrested five suspected Internet fraudsters AKA ‘yahoo boys’ in Lagos, and also recovered N31 million from them.
The suspects – Paul Duru, Daniel Effiong, David Gold, Moses Gold and Eke Kelechi, were arrested following a petition received by the EFCC from a new generation bank, a statement from the antigraft agency said.
The bank had observed suspicious transactions on an account belonging to Duru, after he received N63 million.
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He was subsequently arrested by operatives of the EFCC.
His arrest led to the apprehension of the other suspected fraudsters.
Investigations revealed that Duru was hired by Effiong, a “catfisher”, who presented himself as Arbara Williams, a 27-year-old Caucasian.
A “catfisher” is an individual who uses the Internet, and in particular, online dating websites to lure people into romance scam. Usually a guy pretending to be a girl.
Duru allegedly had a ‘picker’ in the United States, one John T. Benn, who received money in dollars and sent to him.
On his part, Effiong established a relationship with one Sung Yong Hwa, a Korean and Peter Davito, a Canadian.
The others were arrested for allegedly involving in love scam.
The agency says they will soon be charged to court.