James Junior Aliyu: Nigerian ‘wanted for $12m online fraud’ arrested by Interpol in South Africa

James Junior Aliyu: Nigerian ‘wanted for $12m online fraud’ arrested by Interpol in South Africa

James Junior Aliyu, a 28-year-old Nigerian, has been arrested for allegedly defrauding dozens of US citizens of money totalling $12m.

 

Aliyu was arrested in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday in a “takedown operation” carried out by Interpol with assistance from members of the South African Police Service (SAPS).

 

According to a statement issued by the South African police, Aliyu is “believed to be part of a cybercrime ring involved in phishing, internet scams and money laundering”.

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“Just after 10:00 on Wednesday, 29 June 2022, members from the Interpol National Crime Bureau (NCB) in Pretoria with the assistance from members of the SAPS Gauteng Highway Patrol Unit swooped in on the upmarket estate where they effected the arrest,” the statement reads.

 

“His arrest follows a widespread investigation involving law enforcement authorities from South Africa (SA) and the United States of America (USA).

 

“The cybercrime suspect who has been conducting his criminal activities from South Africa is accused of swindling dozens of US citizens millions in USD through email and text messages.”

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The South African police said, “authorities in the US, where the investigation originated and where most of his alleged victims are based, have applied for his extradition”.

James Junior Aliyu: Nigerian ‘wanted for $12m online fraud’ arrested by Interpol in South Africa

The police added that the suspect was charged to court the same day of his arrest and that the case would be heard on July 5.

 

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The suspect is accused of involvement in a romance scam and Business Email compromise (BEC) fraud.

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James Junior Aliyu sometimes seen with his girlfriend, gained prominence for lavish spending, luxury lifestyle and holidays at different locations.

 

He owned expensive vehicles such as Porsche Cayenne, Mercedes C220d and Mercedes-Benz G63 allegedly purchased with proceeds of crime.

 

The alleged fraudster had been on the radar of investigators for about six years.

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His arrest was the climax of a multi-agency investigation collaboration between Interpol, the US Homeland Security investigations and the US Secret Service.

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