Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC have arrested one Udochukwu Ugochukwu Simeon for allegedly creating fraudulent clones of the Commission e-mail address, and using same to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The 26-year-old suspect created an Outlook email account of the Commission, “email@example.com” and a webmail, firstname.lastname@example.org which he uses to impersonate the EFCC.
Investigation by the Cybercrimes Unit at the Commission’s headquarters, Abuja indicates that the suspect also uses the two fake e-mail accounts to send messages to his victims, while posing as an officer of the Commission trying to help his victims recover their stolen monies.
Before his arrest on April 21, 2021, the suspect had already received over $3,000 (Three Thousand US Dollars) from some of his victims.
Ugochukwu’s activities amount to forgery, identity theft, impersonation and cybersquatting.
He will be charged to court upon the completion of the investigation.