EFCC arrests flamboyant ‘internet fraudsters’ without known source of income


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested 13 suspected internet fraudsters, better known as ‘Yahoo boys’, for offences including: conspiracy, possession of fraudulent documents and obtaining money under false pretence.

According to the commission, some of the suspects live flamboyantly without any known sources of income, and are said to have bought houses and exotic cars from the proceeds of their criminal activities.

The EFCC spokesman, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, who disclosed this in a statement on Friday, said the Lagos zonal office of the anti-graft agency effected the arrests, assuring that the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

“They were arrested on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in some parts of Lagos and Ogun States, following intelligence report received by the Commission about their activities.

“The suspects allegedly confessed to be involved in phishing, love scam, forgery, spoofing and business email compromise, among other offences,” Uwujaren said.

He added that they were allegedly found to be in possession of forged contract papers of multinational oil and gas companies, banks’ instruments and forged data page of international passports of foreign nationals, among other documents.

The statement disclosed that other items recovered from the suspects included laptops, flash drives, modems, one Range Rover SUV, one Toyota Highlander, Two Toyota Corolla and one Toyota Camry.

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