Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has apprehended a female suspected cyber fraudster in Edo State.
The female suspected fraudster (names withheld) was said to have worked in collaboration with a foreign counterpart.
Speaking on behalf of the EFCC boss, Ibrahim Magu, the Head of Benin Zonal Office, Muhktar Bello, said that the female suspect was involved in obtaining and stealing people’s identification information, which she forwarded to her American collaborators.
He stated that the suspect received her CT through Bitcoin and about 185 Bitcoin currently worth N656 million was traced to her.
The EFCC Zonal head said the commission independently arrested a cyber-criminal and two siblings involved in Business Email Compromise.
He said: “The three suspects will have their date in court soon.
“We do not want to state the woman’s name so as not to compromise the investigation.
“The Commission is resolute in exterminating cyber-crime and bringing to book all those involved in this despicable activity.
“As part of our strategic plans to tackle this malaise, the Benin Zonal Office, from January to date, through intelligence raided the hideout of internet fraudsters in our jurisdiction -Edo, Delta and Ondo States.
“These raids led to the arrest of 113 internet fraudsters.
“While the prosecution of many of the cases is ongoing in court, we have so far secured 53 convictions in the period under review.”
“Over 30 exotic cars, charms, laptops, mobile phones, flash drives”, according to Bello, were recovered from the suspects.