Tuesday, June 6, 2023

US Court Sentences Nigerian To Four Years Over $1m Cyber-Fraud

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A 31-year-old Nigerian, Solomon Ekunke Okpe, has been sentenced to four years in an American jail for taking part in a one million dollar fraud that targeted US citizens and banks.

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Solomon stood trial in America after being nabbed in Malaysia and extradited from to the US.

The US Department of Justice, while announcing the sentence said Okpe and his accomplices “devised and executed business email compromise (BEC), work-from-home, check-cashing, romance, and credit card scams” between 2011 and 2017.

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According to report, the fraud targeted victims included individuals, banks, and businesses in the US and other countries, who were subjected to email phishing attacks aimed at stealing login credentials and “other sensitive information.”

The Department of Justice described the scams as “intended to cause more than $1 million in losses to US victims” although it is not clear if the cyber-fraud gang achieved this nefarious goal.

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Financial institutions named by the DoJ as victims include First American Holding Company and MidFirst Bank.

Obogo was sentenced on March 20 to a year and a day in prison for his role in the scams, a considerably shorter tariff than Okpe’s.

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