The Abuja zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has apprehended three suspected internet fraudsters in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for their alleged involvement in romance scam – the scammer uses illusion of romantic and close relationship to manipulate and steal from the victim.
This scammers are experts at what they do and will seem genuine, caring, and believable.
This scammer’s intention is to establish a relationship as quickly as possible, endear himself to the victim, and gain trust.
They are also involved in an identity theft – crime of obtaining the personal or financial information of victims for the sole purpose of assuming that person’s name or identity to make transactions or purchases. Identity theft is committed in many different ways. Some identity thieves sift through trash bins looking for bank account and credit card statements; other more high-tech methods involve accessing corporate databases to steal lists of customer information. Once they have the information they are looking for, identity thieves can ruin a person’s credit rating and the standing of other personal information.
The three suspected internet fraudsters are also involved in other internet-related fraud yet to be exposed,according to the EFCC spokesman, Mr. Dele Oyewale
The suspects, Ajayiton Harry (27), Okoro Daniel (28) and Oziegbe Precious Ehijele (27) were arrested in their hideout in Flat G2, Plot 334, Dawaki, behind News Engineering, Abuja, following intelligence volunteered by concerned citizens in the area.
The Spokesman for the EFCC, Mr Dele Oyewale, who made the revelation in a statement made available to journalists on Monday, listed the items recovered from the suspects to include two Lexus R350 SUV, three laptops and expensive phones.
They will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.