EFCC arrests graduate for duping American firm

AKE OLUSEGUN OLUSEUN

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos zonal office, has arrested a suspected Internet fraudster, Ake Oluseun, for tax fraud, otherwise known as Ijoba in local parlance.

The 30-year-old suspect, a graduate of Computer and Information Science, was arrested in Lagos, following intelligence report.

The release signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, said sometime in January this year, the suspect, who owns Canbit Music, Canbit Resources (Nig.) Limited, Istartup Enterprise and Volta Company, allegedly sent an email to an employee of an American company requesting for the W-2s of the staff.

”The W-2 form shows the reports of an employee’s annual wages and the amount of taxes withheld from his or her paycheque, which an employer sends to his or her employees and the Internal Revenue Services, IRS.

”The suspect, who impersonated the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of the American company, was alleged to have received 790 ( Seven Hundred and Ninety) W-2s from the staff, which he sold to some anonymous buyers in the ‘dark world’.

”The ‘dark world’ is an illegal method of cash remittance across countries and does not involve physical movement of cash”, the statement said.

Mr. Oluseun, who is also being investigated for Business E-mail Compromise, BEC, was allegedly paid with e-currency such as bitcoins and perfect money.

Also, the suspect was alleged to have printed some American bank cheques, which he presented as evidence of payment to his victims online.

Items recovered from the suspect according to the statement include American cheques, three external hard drives, mobile phones, two laptops, Spectranet Router, flash drives, printer and USB modems.

Investigation revealed that ‘Ijobak is a new type of phishing, which attempts to lure human resources, accounting and payroll staff of a company to disclose the W- 2s of all the employees in the company.

The suspect will soon be charged to court after the investigation is concluded.


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  • curseless

    This gentleman looks so innocent and one wonders what demon possessed him. The only regret now is that he has brought a hefty shame on his family who may not even know that he is operating in the dark world. I kind of guess that in Nigeria right now stealing and sleazing are badges of honor hence who cares?

    • emmanuel

      Who said he brought shame on his family? The same family that celebrates him? He is doing very well and a great “entrepreneur” for that matter. At his age with all the companies, and possibly leaving in the Lekki axis?
      Common, na the Joseph of im family be dat. The guy should cool off at EFCC and answer for his crime, which may include whatever he may have used for his yahooplus ritual!

      • newday

        This reporter doesn’t make sense. He’s unable to prove that a crime was committed. W-2 forms are free blank checks.cost peanuts & can be gotten for free. They are not money, as such…. Poor reportage!

  • emmanuel

    Julius, behold they brother from Odua part of Biafra