23 people arrested at a ‘Sakawa Academy’ in Nigeria

23 people arrested at a ‘Sakawa Academy’ in Nigeria

The Nigeria anti-corruption agency has arrested 23 persons undergoing training at a secret cyber scam academy in the country.

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According to a BBC report, the suspects, between the ages 19 and 35 were undergoing training in internet fraud scams in a remote village in the south of Nigeria.

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The report said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Nigeria opined that the recruits were undergoing training in how to carry out internet romance, trading scams and identity theft.

The EFCC also said a total of 34 laptops and 21 mobile phones were seized. Investigations are still underway and the suspects are expected to be charged soon.

The BBC also noted that this is the biggest internet fraud academy in Africa.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said the people involved in cybercrime usually trawl through profiles and piece together information such as wealth and lifestyle, in order to manipulate their victims.

They cover their tracks by masking IP addresses and using unregistered phone numbers.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that the Ghana Police administration has cautioned officers, especially female staff, from sending nude photos and videos to friends and family, for whatever reason.

According to the Inspector General of Police, James Oppong Boanuh, there is an increase in reported cases of sextortion within the service.

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