The International Police (INTERPOL) has arrested three Nigerians over the alleged global scam.
The trio were arrested in a sting operation conducted simultaneously in a Lagos suburb, Ajegunle and in Benin City, 300 km to the East of the commercial capital.
One of the scammers, Hendrix Omorume has been charged and convicted and now faces a 12-month prison sentence.
The three men, aged between 31 and 38, were each arrested in possession of fake documents, including fraudulent invoices and forged official letters.
The investigation was conducted in conjunction with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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The operation is part of a global operation codenamed “Killer Bee” involving INTERPOL National Central Bureaus (NCBs) and law enforcement in 11 countries across Southeast Asia.
According to INTERPOL’s Director of Cybercrime, Craig Jones, the organization had “to alert Nigeria to a serious security threat where millions could have been lost without swift police action.”
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The laptops and mobile phones seized by EFCC during the arrests were examined by the INTERPOL to help confirm the systematic use of “Agent Tesla” malware to access business computers and divert monetary transactions to their own accounts.