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The case against Nigeria’s "most wanted" hacker

Utụtụ ọma, That’s "good morning" in IgboI don’t believe in curses, but after Raymond “Hushpuppi” Igba
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The case against Nigeria’s "most wanted" hacker
By get.Africa Weekly • Issue #24 • View online
Utụtụ ọma,
That’s “good morning” in Igbo
I don’t believe in curses, but after Raymond “Hushpuppi” Igbalode accused Phyno of wearing a knockoff Patek Phillipe Nautilus, the rap superstar responded that the world will know who’s real and who’s fake when the time was “right”.
3 years later…
Hushpuppi was arrested on June 10, 2020.
The ostentatious, self-styled real estate developer and his accomplices are accused of laundering over $100 million in coronavirus relief checks meant for US citizens.
Nigeria’s EFCC also linked him to a $35 million ventilator scam and labelled Hushpuppi the country’s “most wanted” hacker.
The block is hot
The US government recently sanctioned six unnamed Nigerians for allegedly defrauding over $6 million from American victims.
Last year, the FBI’s Operation reWire arrested 167 Nigerians for internet scams. One of them was Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Obinwanne “Invictus Obi” Okeke. His case, in particular, detailed a simple but deadly effective business email compromise (BEC) scheme.
Obi pleaded guilty to $11m fraud charges and faces up to 20 years in prison.
Phyno’s 2017 message was directed at one Nigerian Prince, but recent events should really be a concern for all of them.

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