It claimed that the female suspect, whose identity was withheld, collaborated with a foreign counterpart on the dark web.
Speaking on behalf of Acting Chairman of the EFCC Ibrahim Magu, Muhtar Bello, Head of the Benin Zonal Office, stated that the female suspect was involved in obtaining and stealing people’s identification information, which she then passed on to her collaborators in the United States.
Bello claimed that her American coworkers made use of the data in order to submit a false tax return to the Internal Revenue Service.
He expressed that the suspect accepted her CT through Bitcoin and around 185 Bitcoin at present worth N656m was followed to her.
According to the EFCC Zonal head, a cybercriminal and two siblings involved in Business Email Compromise (BEC) were arrested independently.
Bello stated that their strategy was to look for victims’ email addresses, particularly official business email addresses; create a phishing link and compromise the process to defraud victims who are unaware.
As per him, “The three suspects will have their date in court soon. To avoid jeopardizing the investigation, we do not wish to disclose the woman’s name.
“The Commission is determined to eradicate cybercrime and bring all those involved in this abhorrent act to justice.
“From January to the present, the Benin Zonal Office has conducted intelligence-based raids on the hideouts of internet fraudsters in our jurisdiction—Edo, Delta, and Ondo States—as part of our strategic plans to combat this condition.
113 internet fraudsters were detained as a result of these raids. We have so far secured 53 convictions during the time period under review, even though the prosecution of many cases is ongoing in court.
According to him, more than 30 exotic cars, charms, laptops, mobile phones, and flash drives were retrieved from the suspects.