He was real! He was an actual person, and all he asked for was some money so he could flee the country, and you just deleted his emails! How selfish of you!!!
A Nigerian man bearing a highly traditional name of his homeland, “Mike,” was recently arrested for running a network of criminals that hacked and scammed businesses across the globe. The reported amount of money made by this organization was over 60 million dollars.
Mike and his friends ran a series of scams. One would involve hacking the email accounts of a company, sending payment requests to the company’s partners and then diverted the funds to accounts they controlled. Another scam would involve hacking a business executive’s email account, and then send a wire fund transfer request to the company employee authorized to handle them. The funds were then paid into the criminal’s bank account. One business was even conned into giving these scammers $15.4 million alone
CNN Reports: The arrest was a joint operation between Interpol and the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crime Commission. The businesses affected were in countries including Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa, Thailand and the U.S., the statement said.
The alleged mastermind headed a network of at least 40 individuals across Nigeria, Malaysia and South Africa who provided the malware and helped carry out the scams, Interpol said. The gang also had money-laundering contacts in China, Europe and the U.S. who provided bank accounts to receive the illicit cash.
Following his June arrest in southern Nigeria’s Port Harcourt, a forensic examination of devices seized by the EFCC showed Mike had been involved in a range of criminal activities including romance scams.
As one could guess, this man is in some deep legal trouble. But don’t worry! If you help him pay for his legal defenses, he can access some hidden accounts and will be more than happy to share the money with you! All he needs is your credit card number. It’s a great deal!