The government of the United States (US) has sanctioned six Nigerians over $6million cyber fraud against its citizens.
In a statement endorsed by US secretary of state, Mr. Michael Pompeo, published on the department of state’s website, on Tuesday, the six persons were identified as:
- Benson Orson
- Kayode Abiola
- Ogunshakin Alex
- Okpoh Felix
- Olorunyomi Micheal
- Uzuh Richard
The perpetrators of the fraud are between the ages of 32 and 37, according to information from the US department of treasury website
The US government also included the names of the Nigerians in its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) specially designated nationals list, under the section of “cyber-related designation”.
Mr. Pompeo said the victims were defrauded through the use of sensitive information and financial resources derived by manipulative means.
According to him, the US government will not tolerate any fraud act against its citizens, adding that the country would also prevent an abuse of technology.
The statement read in part: “Technological advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans.
“Today, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control took action against six Nigerian nationals, pursuant to Executive Order 13694 as amended, for conducting an elaborate online scheme to steal more than $6 million from victims across the United States.
“The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources. The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology.
“The United States will use all of the tools at our disposal to defend the American people and businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses.”
Meanwhile, in May, government officials in Washington acknowledged that the state lost hundreds of millions of dollars to a fraud ring suspected to be perpetrated by Nigerians.