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Millions of online scams: Nigerian Instagram influencer arrested

A Nigerian Instagram influencer and several of his accomplices have been arrested in Dubai for millions of Internet frauds. The FBI thanked the UAE authorities for arrest and extradition to the United States, the Dubai police said on Thursday. The man, along with accomplices, is said to have betrayed almost two million victims online.

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He has around 2.4 million followers on Instagram and presents itself in his articles with expensive luxury cars and private jets. Together with other suspects, he is said to have forged existing websites, among other things, to redirect transfers to his own accounts. In addition, the team is said to have hacked corporate emails around the world in order to subsequently send payment requests to customers. According to police director Jamal Salim al-Jalaf The suspects are said to be responsible for fraud amounting to around 1.6 billion dirhams (the equivalent of around 390 million euros).

The Nigerian anti-fraud agency EFCC described the influencer as the most wanted hacker in the country. Accordingly, he and his accomplices were arrested in mid-June.


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