The interim president of the Commission of Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, says that the association with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI, labeled as hash of “Operation rewired”, led to the recovery of the sums of $ 169,850 and N92,000,000.00.
Magu, who spoke at a joint FBI / EFCC press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, through Mohammed Umar Abba, Director of Operations, EFCC, said 167 people had been arrested.
Latest Nigeria News report that He said: “Being an international model operation targeting the various forms of computer-related fraud, EFCC / FBI collaboration operations that span three weeks were designed to intercept and disrupt the global network of Internet scammers.”
“However, before now, as everyone knows, we had relentlessly launched intensive investigation actions against the infamous Yahoo Yahoo boys that culminated in several strategic raids, attacks on hiding places, prosecutions and criminal convictions.”
“I am pleased to inform you that our efforts to coordinate the EFCC / FBI joint operations in Nigeria registered huge successes that led to a series of arrests, seizures and recoveries. The alleged scammers arrested in the course of this operation will be prosecuted accordingly.
“It is instructive to note that, from August 12, 2019 to date, Operation Rewired coordinated by the EFCC in Nigeria as an impetus to our operations against the perpetrators of various computer-related frauds has resulted in the arrest of 167 Nigerians for alleged computer related fraud.
“The EFCC will continue to partner with the FBI and other international law enforcement agencies, especially in the area of information exchange and actionable intelligence to minimize the threat of cybercrime and other computer fraud in the country.”
Uche Ahamdi, Legal Attaché, FBI office in Nigeria, said the Agency received 20,373 complaints of Commercial Email Commitment and Electronic Mail Account Commitment (BEC / EAC) with losses of more than $ 1.2 billion.
“In a coordinated effort to dismantle fraudulent international BEC transactions and prosecute bad actors and organized criminal companies, including money mules, participating in BEC and fraud schemes that attack and harm US companies, the FBI and law enforcement partners in the U.S. and abroad implemented a strategy to attack and disrupt these scammers and illegal actors.
“The scan was carried out from May to September 2019, with an absorption of the police activity focused over a period of four weeks, mainly in the USA. USA, Nigeria, Ghana, Turkey, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Japan, Kenya and Malaysia.
“The FBI-led operation involved multiple partners of the US law enforcement, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the US Secret Service (USSS), the Inspection Service U.S. Postal Service (USPIS), the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service and National Security Investigations (HSI))
“The operation benefited greatly from the work of our police partners around the world,” he said. He also revealed that
“More than 37 FBI field offices and the offices of the US prosecutor participated in law enforcement activities, including executions of arrests, search warrants, interviews and delivery of money mule warning letters.
“The objective of this operation is to send a message to everyone who participates in the BEC scheme that they will be captured and processed, regardless of where they are.”