Five Nigerian Students Apprehended In Malaysia Over Alleged N125.2M Internet Fraud

A Malaysian court has ordered the detention of five Nigerian students in
Malysia for their alleged involvement in a N125.2m (RM2.4 million)
internet fraud in Selangor & Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

According to local media reports, the 5 Nigerian students who are
between the ages of 20 and 30 are undergraduates pursuing a degree in
Information Technology in a leading University Kuala Lumpur. They
were arrested on June 30, 2015.

A Malaysian police chief ACP Azmi Adam while speaking on their arrest
said two women have been arrested for providing their bank accounts for
the syndicates to use in doing their illicit business. He stated that five
laptops, 20 hand phones, ATM cards, SIM cards and documents believed
to have been used to con their victims were seized from the men.

The men were arrested after one of their victims, a 62-year-old
businessman alerted the police after receiving a suspicious email in
March informing him that he was among 50 recipients selected to
receive RM15.9 million from the government of the United States.

“The e-mail requested the victim to follow certain procedures to ensure
he did not miss the opportunity. Convinced by the contents of the e-mail,
the victim carried out 51 transactions involving money, to accounts
numbers given by the syndicate before realising it was a scam. He later
lodged a police report,” the police chief said.