FBI arrest over 80 Nigerians in the U.S for fraud (photos/video)

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), has announced its arrest of 80 persons involved in nationwide fraud in the United States, majority of whom are Nigerians.

US attorney, Nick Hanna, made this known at a press conference where he stated that this was probably the largest case of its kind ever in the states. 

He described the nature of the fraud which involved romance scams, impersonation and luring victims to make payments for bogus claims etc. 

He also revealed that while 80 of the suspects had been arrested and charged, 57 more were wanted.  

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He said:

“FBI agents along with federal and state law enforcement authorities arrested a total of 14 defendants in the US, all named in a sweeping fraud and money laundering case.

“Those arrested today are among 80 defendants charged in a federal grand jury indictment that alleges that millions of dollars were taken from victims through a variety of scams and online frauds.

“We believe this is one of the largest cases of its kind in US history. BEC scam is used to hack email accounts to convince businesses or individuals to make payments that are either completely bogus or that should have been otherwise paid to legitimate companies.

“Indictments showed very specific allegations against this suspects many of whom are based in Nigeria in terms of stealing money from victims. The indictment also focuses on those responsible for enabling these fraud schemes including operatives in Los Angeles.”

Hanna said some of the victims were targeted specifically because they were elderly or vulnerable.

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