Interpol arrests Nigerian head of international online fraud network

Aug

1

2016

Interpol has a 40-year-old Nigerian, known only as ‘Mike’, was arrested. He is suspected to be the leader of an international network for online fraud. Then the man would be responsible for $ 60 million in damages.

According to Interpol, he would in a few cases did the victim $ 15.4 million cheated, converted about 13.8 million. The network is estimated by the police for a total of forty people from Nigeria, Malaysia and South Africa. These have spread malware and committed mail fraud. There were connections with money laundering in China, the EU and the US Besides the current suspect is a 38 year old person arrested by the Nigerian authorities.

The network’s activities fell into two categories. So were able to penetrate the members to e-mail accounts of companies, and they sent messages to customers containing false payment information. Did the network of so-called CEO-fraud ‘, where the e-mail account from a senior person in an organization is used to send requests for payment to employees. From seized devices would further prove that the man also conducted so-called romance scams.

The indictment includes charges of hacking, conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretenses. Interpol reports that the arrest was possible as a result of information received the illustrated played by security Fortinet and Trend Micro.

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