Lekki Now Hotspot of Cybercrime as EFCC Arrests 402 Suspected Internet Fraudsters in Three Months | The Guardian Nigeria News
Lekki, the rapidly developing upper-middle-class area of the Lagos metropolis, is emerging as the new hub of internet-related fraud, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has said.
The investigation into the activities of the anti-corruption agency’s Lagos command for the second quarter of 2021 indicated that Lekki district is the preferred location for all kinds of cyber-fraud syndicates.
Between April and June 2021, the command’s anti-fraud and cybercrime sections recorded a total of 402 arrests for Internet-related fraud.
Data made available to reporters on Friday by EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren explained that while the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cybercrime Section of the commission carried out 18 undercover operations resulting in 159 arrests, of which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.
The file showed that of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cybercrime Section, 70 are from Lekki, including communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.
Ajah had 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects, respectively. Badore had 8 suspects.
Neighbors Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic each had 2 suspects and one suspect. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the mainland of Lagos make up the rest.
Uwujaren revealed that the suspects were mostly millennials, with 82 of them between the ages of 25 and 34.
“This indicated that most of those arrested are either still in school or recent graduates or university dropouts,” he said.
Analysis of Cybercrime Section data further shows that the dominant form of Internet crime is the Dating Scam / Online Dating Scam / Romantic Scam.
64% of those arrested are involved in romance scams, closely followed by “Middle Man Scam” and “Picking” which represent 8% and 7% of those arrested respectively.
According to Uwujaren, the 64% involved in the dating scam benefited to the tune of N8, 310,000; $ 349,290 USD; £ 900; € 10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513.
Other types of fraud identified include forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, identity theft, rental scam, loan fraud, email compromise professional, hacking, theft, check fraud, phishing and money laundering.
The data also shows that gift cards, at 39 percent, are the most common method used by suspects to access their illicit funds.
It is closely followed by bank transfers at 27% and cryptocurrency at 21%.
A total of $ 12,512.49 was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects during the period.