[Video]: Nigerians Dominate Massive Bust Of Online Fraudsters Carried Out By FBI

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The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) stated that they have arraigned many suspected fraudsters behind a variety of scams and online fraud cases.

According to  U.S. Attorney General, Nick Hanna, during a press conference, the majority of those busted is based in Nigeria.

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“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.

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.

“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,” he said.

Hanna also made it known that the scammers took advantage of the vulnerable status of most of their victims like the elderly. Over 250 count charges to include “conspiracy to defraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, aggravated identity theft” have been filed against the suspects.

Besides the 80 suspects who have already been charged, authorities are hunting another 57 globally.

“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.”

I’m watching right now on @ABC a press release by @FBILosAngeles on Nigerian internet scam syndicate. A heart-shattering embarrassment to this country, those we call yahoo boys have scammed Americans to the tune of $1.1bn between Jan-July this year alone. This is a disaster! pic.twitter.com/RmIxH4coSs

— Ayò Bánkólé (@AyoBankole) August 22, 2019