Death Penalty – 13 Nigerian Yahoo Boys Arrested For $6.9M Scams In Singapore, Malaysia Joint-Border Crackdown

by Ike Obudulu Last updated on March 24th, 2017,

As many as 27 suspects, including 13 Nigerians, were arrested in several Malaysian states from February 6 to February 8 in a joint police operation by Royal Malaysia Police and Singapore Police Force (SPF) against online love scam syndicates across the Singapore-Malaysia border. The Commercial Crime Investigation Department of both the forces were in charge of the operation.

According to reports, out of those 27 suspects, 13 Nigerian nationals were believed to be involved in 108 cases of internet love scams. In those scams, a number of victims from Singapore and Malaysia have lost approximately RM21.6 million (S$6.9 million). The police have seized telecommunication devices, computers, and ATM cards from the suspects.

The SPF said in a press release on Monday that Singapore Police Force’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CAD) and Royal Malaysia Police’s Commercial Crime Investigation Department (CCID) worked together to provide timely information which helped investigators in identifying the suspects.

Six other female suspects in Singapore were also investigated by CAD while the arrests were ongoing. They were investigated for their role in transferring criminal proceeds to their accomplices in Malaysia. “Online scams are increasingly complex and transnational in nature,” according to CAD director David Chew.

“To the criminals who think that they could hide behind the cloak of anonymity provided by the Internet to perpetrate fraud, we want to send a deterrent message that crime does not pay,” he added.

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Versatile Certified Fraud Examiner, Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor with an MBA in Finance And Investments who has both worked for and consulted with some of the world's largest companies on main street and wall street in over 20 countries, Ike brings his extensive reporting and investigations experience to bear on his role as Chief Editor.
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