Interpol arrests Nigerian email scammer who swindled $60 million
Interpol has arrested a top Nigerian email scammer who stole more than US$60 million by tricking businesses into handing over funds by posing as trusted suppliers.
The 40-year-old Nigerian, known as “Mike,” is allegedly the leader of a criminal ring that targeted hundreds of victims across the world, Interpol said on Monday.
He and at least 40 other individuals pulled off their scheme by allegedly pretending to be CEOs or suppliers using hacked email accounts of legitimate companies.
The criminals then sent fake emails, asking the victims to wire funds or send payment to bank accounts under the scammers’ control.