War against cybercrime received a boost as three Nigerians were apprehended by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Interpol, and a cybersecurity company, Group-IB.
According to a statement published on Interpol’s website on Wednesday, November 25, the suspects were arrested for their alleged involvement in multiple cyber scams.
The year-long investigation that led to the arrest of the three suspects was tagged, Operation Falcon.
They are said to be part of a bigger criminal group that targeted government and private firms distributing malware, phishing campaigns, and extensive email scams in over 150 countries.
According to a statement by DCP Frank Mba, the police spokesman on Sunday, July 12, the suspects were arrested for cyber-related offences including advance fee fraud, money laundering, and romance scam.
In a related development, Itanola Abdulsamad, a student of University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) in Kwara state, has been arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged internet fraud.
According to a statement released by the commission, Abdulsamad will be charged to court on October 29 after he switched from “guilty” to “not guilty” plea on Tuesday, October 6.
In other news, about four Nigerians in the Philippines have been arrested for their alleged involvement in an international syndicate that hacks and siphons funds from banks.
The suspects were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Muntinlupa City on Tuesday, September 8.
It was gathered that transactions of the fraudsters were traced when they hacked one Philippine bank and transferred at least P100 million (N796,312,421) then they funnelled into a different account.