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EFCC arrests Facebook scammers targeting US women

The EFCC, the Uyo Zonal Office, has six suspected scammers on the Internet, specializing in hacking Facebook accounts of unsuspecting victims and their fraud.

The agency said on a note Wednesday that the suspects were caught in a two-bedroom residence, located at 54 Church Road, Calabar Itu, Uyo, Akwa Ibom, after intelligence reports.

The suspects are identified as Lawrence Nnamdi-Mba Ebesike; Prince E. Udeh; Chijioke Victor; Odimba’s promise; Ugbor Ifeanyi and Prince Anthony, all in the 22 and 29 age group.

Ebesike, who claimed to be a musician with the stage name “Lawre Blue”, admitted the crime and provided a full account of how they conduct their operations on Facebook.

“I am into internet fraud. Part of how I operate is that I edit Facebook accounts, go to Google and search for pictures of United State military personnel.

“I download some of these pictures and put them on my fake Facebook accounts. After doing that, I target foreigners, mostly old white women who are in need of men.

“I stay online all day trying to befriend them. After convincing them, I will make them apply for my leave so that I can see them,” Ebesike confessed.

He further explained that their cabinet has a US-based co-worker, named Benjamin Best, whom he said provides them with the account where their victims make payments into.

“After convincing my victims, Benjamin will provide an account for me to give them to pay the money into. He usually takes his commission before sending mine to me,” he said.

EFCC replied that all suspects will be charged to court soon.