In the fight against crimes in the country, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a recent investigation, has on Friday, released data, listing areas in Lagos State notorious for cybercrimes and other related offences; the Lekki area (Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo, Oniru, Ikoyi, Eko Atlantic) being the main hub for suspected internet fraudsters. Others are: Ikorodu and Alagbado.
Lekki, one of the fast developing areas within the Lagos Metropolis, has been discovered by the Lagos Command of the anti-graft agency, as the preferred location for syndicates, involving in all manner of internet-related fraud.
EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, revealed that,
“Between April and June 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests.
“While the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.
“Of the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 are from Lekki, comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.
Uwujaren while breaking down the figures also said,
“Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 (two) and 1 (one) suspects each. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.
He also confirmed that, 82 of the suspects are millennials between ages 25-34, who are either still in school, recent graduates, or university dropouts.
Again, EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwajaren, emphasized that, the major form of cyber fraud being dating/romance scam.
“Analysis of the data from the Cyber Crime Section further shows that the dominant form of internet crime is dating scam/online dating scam/romance scam. Sixty-four per cent of individuals arrested are involved in romance scam…
He added that dating scam is likewise “followed closely by ‘middleman scam’ and ‘picking’ which account for eight per cent and seven per cent respectively, of those arrested.
Uwujaren reiterated that,
“The 64% involved in the dating scam benefitted to the tune of N8,310,000; $349,290 USD; £ 900; €10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513; while “Other typologies of fraud identified include forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, rental scam, loan fraud, business email compromise, hacking, stealing, cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.
The data also revealed that, 39% deployed the use of gift cards to defraud their victims, and this is many a times, followed by bank transfers.
“The data also reveals gift cards, at 39%, as the prevalent method employed by the suspects to access their illicit funds. It is followed by bank transfers at 27% and cryptocurrency at 21%.”
Uwujaren exposed that,
“A total of $12, 512.49USD was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects within the period.