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Police Arrest Fraudster With Over 50,000 E-Mail Addresses

The Nigeria Police said they have arrested three Nigerians suspected to be engaging in cybercrimes, one of them, Onwuka Emmanuel Chidiebere, was found to have in his laptop-computer over 50,000 email accounts and websites including passwords of various individuals and corporate entities across the world.

A statement released by the police on Thursday via Twitter stated that Chidiebere, a.k.a Ceeceeboss TMT, a graduate of Business Administration from Imo State University specialises in business email compromise and hacking.

The two other suspects according to police statement are Ikechukwu Ohanedozie a.k.a Dozzy who is a medical student at Imo State University and Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz.

Onwuka according to the police recruited Ohanedozie into the gang.

“Ohanedozie sorts and profiles e-mail accounts to determine financial strengths of prospective victims and passes on information obtained therefrom to Chidiebere,” police said.

Police said the three suspects were arrested by the Nigeria Police Cybercrime Unit, INTERPOL National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja following intelligence report received from INTERPOL Cybercrime Directorate in Singapore on global attacks by Nigerian cyber gangs who engage in mass email phishing campaigns and distribution of malwares aimed at stealing authentication data from browsers and email headers.

Onuegwu Ifeanyi a.k.a SSGToolz, the third suspect, the police said specializes in creating, designing, selling of phishing links and hosting malwares on  website used by the gang for phishing and hacking purposes.

He collects charges running into several millions of naira from other fraudsters he mentors and improves their phishing capabilities, police said.

All the suspects, the statement said will be charged to court on conclusion of the investigation and prosecuted in line with the Cybercrime Prevention/Prohibition Act, 2015.

Meanwhile, the police said they launched a cybercrime reporting portal to ensure that members of the public report cases of cybercrime online, at any time and from any part of the world.

The portal which can be accessed by clicking on the link  is part of efforts directed at ensuring ease of crime reportage by members of the public to enable prompt investigation, arrest and prosecution of perpetrators of cybercrime & other related offences, the police explained.

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