The identities of six Nigerian nationals being sought by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been revealed.
According to Peoples Gazette, the individuals, who are designated as wanted and international flight risks, are Felix Osilama Okpoh, Alex Afolabi Ogunsakin, Micheal Olorunyomi, Richard Izuchukwu Uzhi, Nnamdi Orson Benson, and Abiola Ayorinde Kayode.
The agency is calling them “Cyber’s Most Wanted” and it is believed that they presently reside in Nigeria.
In a plea to members of the public, the FBI urged everyone to contact the nearest FBI office or the American embassy with any information regarding their whereabouts.
“If you have any information concerning this person. Please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate,” the agency said in a statement.
Now subject to a global manhunt, the six men are reportedly co-conspirators in a series of criminal activities, with alleged crimes including romance scams, fraudulent wire transfers, and advanced fee fraud schemes.
Olorunyomi is wanted for allegedly being involved in a Business Email Compromise (BEC) scheme that defrauded more than 70 US businesses, resulting in losses exceeding $6 million.
He is also believed to be complicit in conducting romance fraud, targeting vulnerable individuals, and defrauding them of over $1 million.
A warrant for his arrest was issued in November 2019 after legal action was taken against him.
The agency is looking for Kayode for his purported role in a BEC scheme that defrauded numerous U.S. businesses, with over $6 million in losses.
Per the report, he allegedly facilitated fraudulent wire transfers and engaged in BEC and romance frauds. Legal action against him was instituted in August 2019, with a subsequent federal arrest warrant.
Benson is wanted for his role in a BEC scheme with similar financial consequences following his alleged involvement in providing bank accounts for receiving fraudulent wire transfers and participating in romance and advanced fee fraud schemes.
The FBI disclosed that a federal warrant was issued for his arrest in August 2019.
Uzuh is charged with participating in a BEC scheme, along with co-conspirators, which defrauded numerous U.S. businesses of over $6 million.
Additionally, he is accused of money laundering and collaborating with others involved in BEC schemes. A federal warrant was issued for his arrest in 2016, as revealed by the FBI.
Okpoh is being sought for his alleged role in a BEC scheme that defrauded numerous U.S. businesses of over $6 million. He also allegedly provided bank accounts for fraudulent wire transfers, resulting in losses exceeding $1 million.
A warrant for his arrest was issued by the FBI on August 22, 2019.
Ogunshakin is under the agency's radar for being a part of a BEC scheme that caused substantial financial losses to multiple US businesses.
He is also accused of giving bank accounts for fraudulent wire transfers and participating in these schemes by sending spoofed emails.
On August 22, 2019, a federal warrant was released for his arrest.
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