Reports from the South African Police Services (SAPS) says a Nigerian fraudster has been deported after receiving a twelve years sentence.
That’s not all, Ndubusi Onyebuchi Ifediora was compelled to pay over R500 000 into the Criminal Asset Recovery Account. The money will be used to reimburse the victims of his cyber crimes.
Two of his victims are women in their fifties based in Texas, USA.
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As learnt, Ifediora was arrested earlier this year from a West Beach apartment following an execution of a search and seizure warrant.
Then, several cell phones, laptops, and documentary evidence was seized. SAPS related that the Nigerian fraudster managed to flush a mobile sim card down the toilet in an attempt to derail investigations.
Subsequently, the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court sentenced the 31-year-old Ifediora to twelve years imprisonment for conspiracy to commit fraud, 16 counts of fraud and for contravening section 49 of the Immigration Act.
SAPS said the sentence is a culmination of sterling detective work put in by the team from the commercial unit of the Hawks.
“It is an open secret that cases of this nature are not easy to solve, we say well done to the team.
“October being a cybercrime awareness month. We would like to take this opportunity to warn the general public about the existence of cybercrime, it is real, if it looks and sound too good to be true it usually is. Desist from responding to social media invitations, emails/sms, etcetera from unknown people,” SAPS cautioned.
Mr. Ifediora has been deported to Nigeria as he was in the country illegally on a fraudulently acquired student visa.
Meanwhile, Eskom has alerted the public about a procurement scam using its name to target and defraud unsuspecting companies across South Africa.
The South African electricity public utility said its forensic department has been inundated with volumes of complaints relating to fraudulent Eskom orders.
According to Eskom, the common method used in the scam is that the victim’s company would receive a bogus Request for Quote (RFQ) either by email or fax with the Eskom logo.
“The contact person would supposedly be a buyer who is unknown to Eskom and with incorrect Eskom contact details,” the South African electricity public utility warned.