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FBI: Money-transfer scams have netted fraudsters millions

Dante Mwandawiro
Written by Dante Mwandawiro
Police in Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya have arrested dozens of people suspected of carrying out large-scale money-transfer scams. The scams involve tricking victims into wiring money to bank accounts controlled by fraudsters.

More than 250 people were arrested in 10 countries. Police also conducted raids in the US, UK, Turkey, France, Italy, Japan and Malaysia. Of those arrested, 167 were from Nigeria.

The FBI carried the coordinated raids over a period of several months. They targeted groups of people suspected of stealing millions of pounds from companies and individuals.

Almost $3.7m (£3m) in cash was seized during the raids. Evidence gathered from the operation should also lead to another $118m being seized, according to the FBI.