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Most Wanted Cyber Criminal Arrested in Port-Harcourt

ud network which engineered scams worth more than $60 million has been arrested in Port-Harcourt.
The 40-year-old Nigerian, identified only as ‘Mike’, was detained in the oil city of Port Harcourt over claims he was behind a scam targeting hundreds around the world.
In one case, an alleged victim was conned into paying out more than £11million, according to Interpol.

The man is accused of leading a criminal network that compromised email accounts of small and medium-sized businesses around the world including in the United States, Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa and Thailand.
The network involved about 40 people in Nigeria, Malaysia and South Africa who provided malware and carried out the frauds, with money-laundering contacts in China, Europe and the United States providing bank account details.

A supplier’s email would be compromised and fake messages sent to a buyer with instructions for payment to a bank account under the network’s control, a police statement said.
‘In one case, a target was conned into paying out $15.4 million,’ Interpol said, indicating that the arrest was carried out with the support of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

‘The network compromised email accounts of small to medium businesses around the world including in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the United States,’ it said.

‘Following his arrest in Port Harcourt in southern Nigeria, a forensic examination of devices seized by the EFCC showed he had been involved in a range of criminal activities including business e-mail compromise and romance scams,’ it said.
The suspect and a fellow fraudster, 38, who was also arrested in the city, face charges including hacking, conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.

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