$3BN Fraud: FBI Indicts Nigerians

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The United States Department of Justice has indicted dozens of individuals mostly Nigerians, who are accused of involvement in massive business of   e-mail scam and money laundry scheme of about $3bn.  A total of 80 defendants have been implicated in the scheme so far.

The FBI said, “The impersonation attacks have cost American businesses more than $3bn loss since 2015.  Prosecutors named one Valentine Iro, 31 and Chukwudi      Igbokwe, 38, both Nigerian nationals and residents of California, as kingpins in the operation.

Prosecutors particularly fingered Iro and Igbokwe as “essentially brokers” of fraudulent bank accounts by fueling reports for bank account information and laundering the money obtained from victims.