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Ethiopia intelligence intercepts US$110M cyber fraud

The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) of Ethiopia said it has captured six criminals involving one Nigerian, who tried to steal US$110M from an American citizen using wire transfer.

The criminals have used international money transfer system with fake ID and documents. The criminals were caught red-handed after they faked a document including ATM cards, which stated that an American citizen named Neal Charles has ordered a transfer of US$110M from his account.

The criminals, who were under the radar of the Ethiopian intelligence, are captured on Saturday after they withdraw some of the money – 60,990,939 birr (about US$1.8M) from Commercial Bank of Ethiopia in Addis Ababa. The criminals were arrested with the money before leaving Finfine Branch of Commercial bank of Ethiopia, according to the state broadcaster – ETV.

It is stated that the mastermind of the fraud is a Nigerian citizen, Adeymi Aderemi Abdulrafiu, who has been in Ethiopia coordinating the fraud. He has collaborated with experienced Ethiopian cyber and information technology professionals, who are also captured by NISS.

Source: News Business Ethiopia

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