This was reported by the Imo state Police Command who revealed that the Yahoo fraudsters were arrested by its operatives in the state.
The arrested Yahoo fraudsters were paraded in front of newsmen at the Imo State Police Command headquarters and were identified as Students of the Imo State University.
The state Commissioner of Police also told newsmen that about 11 Laptops as well as 20 different brands of mobile phones was recovered from the fraudsters.
The victim of the Yahoo fraudsters identified as a citizen of the Netherlands, Jeanette Brunsma traced the fraudsters to Nigeria when he realised he had been a victim of advance fee fraud.
According to the Commissioner of Police the undergraduates engaged in advanced fee fraud popularly known as ‘yahoo-yahoo’ to defraud the Dane. He said further;
“After defrauding Brunsma of the €15,000, the suspects made a fresh demand of €1,500. The prime suspect, Lambert, met the victim on Facebook, bearing a fake name, Johnson Mills, in order to commit the crime.”
The Police Commissioner further explained how the fraudsters were apprehended, he revealed that the Dane traced the Yahoo fraudsters to Nigeria and lodged a complaint at the headquarters of the Imo state Police Command which resulted in investigations being initiated by the police.
He reiterated that the police followed up the statement of the victim with a digital construction analysis which enabled police operatives to apprehend the fraudsters within 24 hours.
“The suspects; Nicholas Lambert, aka Johnson Mills of Onumonu Street, Owerri; Collins Njoku of Umudim Umuduruonyeoma, in the Ikeduru Local Governmrnt Area; Bright Chukwuezi of Umudim Umuduruonyeoma and Chukwuemeka Ononiwu also of Umudim Umuduruonyeoma, were arrested on September 3, 2018.
They were arrested by a combined team of operatives of Scorpion Squad and Monitoring Unit of the command for advanced fee fraud.
The main suspect who claimed to be a US Army Sergeant by name Johnson Mills (Nicholas Lambert) serving in Kabul, Afghanistan, and his friends, who claimed to be Red Cross agents, were arrested in Imo State.
We swooped on them at their hideout in Umuodu Mbieri, in the Mbaitoli LGA after the victim lodged a formal complaint to the police.
The suspects have made useful statements to the police, confessing to have defrauded Jeanette Brunsma of Ringwey 10,Weiloo, Netherlands, of the sum of €15,000. The exhibits recovered from the suspects include 11 laptops and 20 phones of different brands.” The Police commissioner said.
The prime suspect fingered by the police in the matter also confessed to the crime when questioned by newsmen. According to him;
“I met Jeanette on Facebook; I claimed to be a US solider to defraud him of €15,000. After the initial payment, I demanded another €1,500, after which I was arrested by the police in my hotel room.”