Nigerian arrested over ‘£45M fraudulent emails scam’

Nigerian arrested over ‘£45M fraudulent emails scam’

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A Nigerian accused of scamming 60 million dollars (£45m) from companies around the world through fraudulent emails has been arrested by Interpol.

One target alone paid out 15.4 million dollars (£11.6m), Interpol said.

The man, identified only as a 40-year-old called Mike, was arrested along with a 38-year-old accomplice in Nigeria’s oil capital of Port Harcourt.

The man led a criminal network that compromised email accounts of small and medium-sized businesses all over the world including in the US, Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Romania, South Africa and Thailand, an Interpol statement said.

The network involved about 40 people in Nigeria, Malaysia and South Africa who provided malware and carried out the frauds, and used money-laundering accounts in China, Europe and the US, Interpol said.

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