The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arreed five suspected cyber criminals known as Yahoo boys at Barnawa area of Kaduna metropolis.
Their modus operandi was to pose as United States Soldiers on peace keeping mission in Afghanistan, particularly on Facebook platform.
At the point of their arrest, they all claimed to be bloggers and experts in Bitcoin business.
The suspected fraudsters who hailed from Edo and Kaduna States included two females and three males, all in their mid-twenties and attending various universities both within and outside Nigeria.
The suspects confessed that they operate by creating fake Facebook pages using display pictures and names belonging to mostly foreigners in order to deceive unsuspecting victims mostly females of white nationality.
Another mode of operation is to link up with other conspirators known as Pickers residing in US and Ghana to help in receiving their loot via their dollar accounts domiciled in the US for onwards transfer to their boss in Nigeria after they must have duped their victims.
They added that usually, they give 30% of their loot to these pickers while the remaining 70% is shared among the remaining members.
The fraudsters parade themselves with names like James Scott, Ibro Wire (Ibrahim Idris AKA Ibro), Lious James, Carista Sadiq (Sadiq Idris), Griffen James, CBN Martins (Martins Abeku), others arrested are Blessing Nicolas (Phil Nicholas), Esther Michael (Xta Mikelz).
Items recovered included a yellow ELEPAC generator, 2 HP and 1 Del laptops, 2 Huawei Network WiFi, phones, wrist watch, SIM cards and ATM cards.
All the suspects would be charged to court upon completion of investigation.
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