The Economic and Financial crimes Commission (EFCC) , in Port Harcourt Zonal Office have arrested ten suspected internet fraudsters.

They were captured at different locations and in different times across Warri and Asaba (Delta State) and Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.

The suspects are Ogbiugba Ifeany Henry; Samuel Obomovo; Alia Jamike Chinemerem; Israel Diasco; Uchanna Cyril; Israel Ogagaoghene; Aghariagbonse Destiny; Loius Idehen; Aretuemhen Frank; and Paul Esibhakpen . Investigations revealed that the suspects were involved in love scam with many of them disguising to be officers of the American Army.

A lot of scam emails where the suspects demonstrated as officers of the US Army were track to them.Israel Diasco who happened to be One of the suspects, had successfully scammed an Indian lady, Promilla Lama of a huge amount of money still under verification. Another, Chinemerem, (alias Good Thaddy) admitted to being a picker.

A picker work as a swindler to provides foreign accounts to other Internet swindlers which they normally used to collect money from any unlucky victim. A picker is supposedly paid 30% of the total amount collected in any of such accounts.

At the meantime, the Port Harcourt’s Zonal Office has been able to secure 33 convictions so far in this year. The announcement was made yesterday, by the Zonal Head, Mr. Nnaghe Obono Itam during a News Conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.

As at now, a total sum of N1, 674, 891, 899( One Billion, Six Hundred and Seventy Four Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety One Thousand, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Nine Naira) only had been successfully retrieved. Also retrieved were various sums of $ 552, 368. 55 (Five Hundred and Fifty-Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixty-Eight Thousand, Fifty-Five Dollars) and 5, 225 Euros.

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