While trying to evade arrest after EFCC agents broke into his apartment in Uyo, a Yahoo guy hid in the closet.
Agents from the Zyo Uyo Commission of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arrested six alleged Internet scammers, specializing in hacking Facebook accounts of innocent victims, on Monday, the agency said.
They were arrested in a two-room apartment located at 54, Church Road, on the Calabar-Itu highway, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, after an intelligence report on their terrible activities.
The suspects are all men: Lawrence Nnamdi-Mba Ebesike; Prince E. Udeh; Chijioke Victor; Odimba’s promise; Ugbor Ifeanyi and Prince Anthony, all between 22 and 29 years old.
During the interrogation, the suspects claimed that the apartment, which serves as home and office, was rented by their leader, Ebesike. They claimed to have earned only about $ 4,000 for computer fraud.
Ebesike, who claimed to be a musician with the stage name: “Lawre Blue”, confessed to the crime and provided a detailed 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 further revealed that the syndicate has a US-based partner, Benjamin Best, whom he said provides them with the account where their victims make payments into.