Nigeria's Notorious Yahoo Boys Swindle More Than N620m From US State Of Washington
Nigerian fraudsters have struck again in the US.
This time it is in the state of Washington where state officials have revealed that “hundreds of millions” of dollars have been lost to a Nigeria-based fraud scheme.
The fraudsters used stolen information to
file false unemployment claims which they received and cashed.
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Suzi LeVine (above), the commissioner of the state’s Employment Security Department (ESD), made the shocking announcement during a press conference yesterday afternoon and while she didn’t disclose the exact amount of money lost, LeVine said that the amount was more than the $1.6 million that the ESD reported losing to a different fraud scheme in April.
That's circa N620m depending on conversion.
The Secret Service issued an alert last week,
identifying Washington as the main target for a Nigerian fraud ring that
specializes in stealing from state unemployment insurance programs. But it seemingly has come too late.
The Nigerian fraudsters have now also been linked to similar exercises in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida.
In the meantime, a full-blown investigation has been launched with all necessary law enforcement agencies working in tandem.
Furthermore, all Unemployment Offices have but put on a nationwide alert.
While it is unsure if the FBI and Secret Service have reached out to Nigeria's anti-graft agency the EFCC it is not an unreasonable assumption as both have worked together to solve similar crimes in the past.