While many Instagram users are happy to have a few thousands or tens of thousands of followers, true Instagram kings and queens are those who have millions and millions of followers. Such people change their profile from being just users to Instagram influencers. There are many ways of getting there both good and bad or legal and illegal. Some see their follower numbers grow through content creation. Others increase their followership through campaigns and ads. While many of these people are legitimate, they are a few who have been identified as cons and fraudsters who lie to their followers that they can help them in one way or the other in exchange for monetary rewards. It is not easy to tell who is legitimate or otherwise, and such has been the case with Hushpuppi.
Hushpuppi is one of the people who have reaped big from the digital revolution. Flashy cars, palatial mansions, designer clothes, private jets, dream vacations, name it all. Hushpuppi has lived like a king earning himself millions of followers eager to know how he made his wealth. According to his Instagram profile, Hushpuppi is a property developer who hails from Nigeria. This seems not to have been the case as he was recently arrested after authorities began questioning the source of his wealth.
Hushpuppi profile summary
- Real name: Raymond Igbalodely
- Date of birth: June 14
- Place of birth: Lagos State, Nigeria
- Place of residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Nicknames: Aja 4, Gucci Master, Aja Puppi, Ray
Ray Hushpuppi was born as Ramoni Igbalode Abbas in a place called Kwara in Nigeria. Who is Hushpuppi’s father? About two years ago one of Hushpuppi’s rivals named Mompha claimed that his father is a taxi driver, but Hushpuppi remained silent about those allegations.
Mompha, who has also been accused of being a fraudster, also claimed that Hushpuppi’s mother is a bread seller. Hushpuppi has in the past acknowledged that he came from a poor background but never cleared the air on the allegations made by Mompha.
Ray Hushpuppi age is not known. He only released his date of birth to the public as of June 14.
Raymond has also chosen not to disclose as much information just as in the case of his family. There is no official information about his girlfriend, but people have speculated that he is dating Amirah Dyme. This is because she has posted pictures taken inside Hushpuppi house.
Ray is accused of many things, including fraud, multiple internet scams, duplicity and even hacking.
As a teenager, he used to sell Louboutin accessories to wealthy clients in Nigeria. From there, it is not clear when he left the accessories trade or how he got to Dubai, but out of nowhere, he started displaying a lavish lifestyle on social media.
For years Hushpuppi has been labelled all sorts of names such as Yahoo-Yahoo thief, crook, scammer, internet rogue, money launderer and email hacker. His response has always been that those are just distractors and haters who are jealous of his achievements. According to him, it was not necessary to explain to the world how he got his wealth.
Hushpuppi was arrested in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates on June 10, 2020, by the Dubai police, Interpol and FBI. It is alleged that he was arrested on several fraud charges in an operation given the code-name Fox Hunt 2. Twelve of his accomplices were also arrested in the same operation.
Hushpuppi arrest video was recorded by an onlooker who posted it to social media, and it started trending immediately. After the arrest, the 38-year-old was referred to the Dubai public prosecution for questioning at the Bur Dubai section. He is being charged for obtaining money from unsuspecting people using fraudulent means.
The anti-cybercrime task force detectives managed to track down Hushpuppi and his gang by using fake social media accounts.
It is claimed that Abbas and his accomplices were involved in a scheme that involved scamming, money laundering, and cyber fraud that is to the tune of $430 million. Ray got on FBI’s radar after he diverted $35 million Covid-19 test kit funds meant for Native American patients. During the raid that led to his arrest, more than $37 million cash money was seized from Abbas’ apartment alone.
A fleet of about a dozen luxury cars were also impounded. The police found close to two million victim email addresses on several phones, computers and hard drives possessed by Hushpuppi and his accomplices.
How he made money
What does Hushpuppi do for a living? It is alleged that Hushpuppi made his money through online fraud by targeting individuals and companies using Business Email Compromise (BEC). Hushpuppi and his accomplices would send out letters from email addresses that are identical to those of legitimate companies.
By doing so, they are able to reach customers of those companies, which is how they manage to divert payment to themselves. How rich is he? Hushpuppi net worth is about $20 million, which include his fleet of cars, private jet and house in Dubai.
A lot of questions have been left unanswered about Hushpuppi. We can only leave time to tell the tale about this controversial man.
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