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Sunday, January 3, 2016

Nigerian man charged in sophisticated email scam in Dallas, faces up to 30 years in prison

A Nigerian man living in the U.S. on a student visa faces federal wire fraud charges in connection with a sophisticated email phishing scam targeting businesses.
Amechi Colvis Amuegbunam, 28, of Lagos, Nigeria, was arrested in Baltimore in August and charged with scamming 17 North Texas companies out of more than $600,000 using the technique.He remains in federal custody in Dallas. If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $1 million.

He is accused of sending emails that looked like forwarded messages from top company executives to employees who had the authority to wire money. Amuegbunam tricked the employees into wiring him money by transposing a couple of letters in the actual company email, authorities said.
The FBI issued an alert earlier this year about the new cyberattack it called the “Business Email Compromise.” The FBI said it is a “growing fraud that is more sophisticated than any similar scam the FBI has seen before.”
Federal officials say more than 7,000 U.S. businesses have been scammed out of a total of about $740 million.
“It’s a prime example of organized crime groups engaging in large-scale, computer-enabled fraud, and the losses are staggering,” said Maxwell Marker, an FBI agent who oversees an organized crime section, in a recent bulletin.
The FBI said it’s the work of organized crime groups from Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The Dallas investigation began in 2013 when two North Texas companies reported falling victim to the scheme, each losing about $100,000, according to an FBI complaint.
In the case of Luminant Corp., an electric utility company in Dallas, an employee with the authority to wire money received an email from someone who appeared to be a company executive, the complaint said. But the email domain name had two letters transposed. For example, someone created the email with a domain name of lumniant.com.

The duped employee wired $98,550 to a bank account outside Texas.

The FBI subpoenaed information about the email account and learned it was created by someone named Colvis Amue, the complaint said.

Agents determined that person was Amuegbunam and that he scammed another company out of $146,550, according to the complaint. A third company realized the phishing email was fake and did not send the $381,903 requested.
“The Dallas FBI quickly learned that this was a widespread scheme,” the complaint said.
The FBI has identified five other conspirators who live in Nigeria who are subjects of the investigation.

In these scams, “money mules” are employed to accept the initial transfers into their personal bank accounts. They then are told to quickly transfer the money elsewhere, usually to a bank account outside the U.S. The money usually ends up in Asian banks, including those in China and Hong Kong, the FBI alert said.

The criminals have become experts at imitating invoices and accounts, agents say. The fraudulent emails are typically well worded and specific to the type of business being targeted, the FBI says. The phrases, “code to admin expenses” and “urgent wire transfer,” are frequently used.

In one recent case provided by the FBI, a company accountant received an email from her chief executive, who was on vacation outside the country. He asked her to transfer money for a “time-sensitive acquisition” before the day’s end, according to the FBI. The executive said a lawyer would contact her with more information.

The accountant said such requests were not unusual.

The lawyer sent her an email with her CEO’s signature on a letter of authorization with the company’s seal that was attached. The email gave her instructions to wire more than $737,000 to a bank in China.

The accountant learned about the scam when the CEO called the next day, saying he knew nothing about the wire transfer request.
The FBI said criminal groups usually target businesses that have foreign suppliers or regularly make wire transfer payments.
“They have excellent tradecraft, and they do their homework,” Marker said. “The days of these emails having horrible grammar and being easily identified are largely behind us.”



Source: Dallas Morning News

109 comments:

Davido's driver said...

What a bad reputation he has brought upon himself.

Babylawyer. said...

Nigerians should keep on embarrassing themselves all over the world.

@Lindaikeji No. I FAN

chioma jacinta said...

God pls help me, I hate long news!!

kingsareborn2rule said...

Enter your comment...Naija shaa..... if found guilty he should be jailed




#Haveyouprayedfornigeriatoday

Ruphina said...

Going to church will comment later. Linda go to church

Chukwuananti Ufoh said...

Serves him right. He was supposed to be there studying.

STERN said...

Poor guy..is that how 30years of your life is gona he wasted lol

Olu OmoFayemi said...

No. 1 thing to know in all these advanced nations is that "you can only run, but you can never hide". That's why they are called advanced. Wise up prospective advanced scammers, y'all learners.

omo hausa said...

Every day for the thief, on day for the owner. Hard work pays.

KELVIN OBIECHIE said...

See gobe....choi!!!!





~Make I go drink one bottle of star~

shalom idagu said...

Stop defaming Nigeria, please Diaspora people. I am sure there are Nigerians out there breaking and setting records too. More attention should be given to these. The infamous should stop making headlines

Anonymous said...

if this intellect was used to build Nigeria, Nigeria would be a super power. But our leaders have no vision for the youth. These actions are unpardonable but as they say the devil finds solace in an idle mind.

Warri Tatafo said...

Nawa

Nwariaku Munachi said...

These are the people that give us a bad name, he should face whatever comes his way.

owakah (A.KA. Innosometin) said...

good for him.... Happy sunday lindasometin....

Vivian Reginalds said...

Sharp guy pele
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Asiwaju said...

Naija....

Nancy Dunamis said...

Corrupt dude with nice face
.. . From Romans

GHOSTFACE said...

1 of the reasons why America Visa remain d hardest to get

Starboy Wizkeed said...

All this people representing Nigeria in the bad way, you went there to study for goodness sake!

G said...

Brain that could be put to good use but everybody wants to drive a buggatti..shame

fresh presh said...

freshpresh says owkae seen

Kingsly Anyaegbu said...

They are d people painting us black..too bad!
















#linda give me 1bo#

LAWAL SODIQ said...

Not again 9ja.......God will help u!

Liber said...

Some of these Nigerians abroad should stop disgracing us

Anonymous said...

Any body that commits crimes like this in the US is taking the highest risk. With today's technology, you will be found before you can even have a chance to pocket the money properly. A lot of Nigerians in texas are into fraud. More to be arrested soon

damba israel said...

Bad market



My view not urs!!!!

Shaniqua Carson said...

😱😱😱

Olaniyi Daniel said...

Yah wah.

Ruthcindy said...

hmmmm! nigerians! y would dey choose to disgrace us thus?

ohaka chidiebere said...

I don't support cyber crime,but ibo bois no de carry last,we sabi jor.

AMIJEZ said...

I wonder when Nigerians will be out of evil and oyibo reason well before sending money.

Rita Nwosu said...

Nigerians will never stop scamming..Bad reputation.

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Nobel J. said...

Enter your comment... na sooo

nwa mazi said...

Nga mkpuru oka

Anonymous said...

Wahala dey.... Trouble....

TheRealAkon said...

Shame that Naija are still indulging in this kind of crime. Greed to get rich quick is really pushing people !

seeker! said...

9ja boiz dey vex

ojoma brown said...

A good name is better dan sliver n gold

chinelo igbokwe said...

Igbos no dey carry last

Chimereucheya Nwaiwu said...

He should face the music......#noblemind

Chimereucheya Nwaiwu said...

He should face the music......#noblemind

Afolabi Eradajaye said...

The things people do for money tho

Harobed said...

Is it only but this guy looks like D'Banj......lol

Teddy said...

yahoo boys..#my2cents

Chidozie Bruce said...

Sorry is nw his name #sneh

Anonymous said...

Any ohia. U guys will come and be spoiling Nigeria 's name. People will start hailing him and people like him that they are the fast ones;comparing him with the hard working ones in the USA not knowing what he does.

SHORTEST DUDE said...

Amu ga egbu GI there!

Onye oshi

henry dion said...

Dis boy dey greedy ooo,u should ve left there when u hit 600k
#needanalibitojoinmetastethenewgeishasardine

JENNY IKEJI said...

Gbeseee nawa oooh but why in USA????you where even there with a student's visa nawa oo

EVEN GOD DEY LAFF said...

Lagos wire wire boiz in action

kelvin andre said...

Damn

Frank Odigie said...

Sophisticated U say...lol
#thelordmayor

HUMBLE EVE said...

Lazy people everywhere

tosisochukwu said...

Dat is good 4 him! He shuld be jailed in kirikiri prison lagos or shuld be jail 4 life
































!brightosman aka fake phyno .#gerarahere

Anonymous said...

This is sophisticated yahoo yahoo.common in naija already.

Anonymous said...

Shoro niyennnn

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Scamming on another new level, these boys are not playing anymore

Ogenah Boris said...

Mehn the guy is so good.

CHYGURL from CHYNA said...

Just Negodu another bad reputation for Nigeria. Na Wa o, some guys can scam o

Peror World said...

Nigerians are very sophisticated in knowledge only if Buhari cud provide a platform to harness it for good den we will not have to import anytin...May God be with u Man

Anonymous said...

Wow, this is really sophisticated. 18 plus myxxvideos.blogspot.com

Francissub said...

Chai.....sorry man

EDDY WIZ said...

MR EDDY said this heat wan kill person

So this young man has succeeded in tarnishing his image along side his country.. Shame on u bro.
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^™THAT EDO BOY.COM~

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigomma kingsley Wenceslaus said...

Hmm sorry oga.

Rapuluchukwuifenineadigommakings@yahoo.com
Delsu calling.

ADEOYE OLASUNKANMI said...

Chaii..dis guy fuck up. Assuming he did dat in NIJA;honestly he will succeed....xpecially does useless Bank deducting our money illegally

temitope faizat said...

Hmm

Anonymous said...

:)

benneth Enwerem said...

Yekpa....
#sips orIJIN#

Ogbewe Godfrey said...

The man look like the d banj lolz,

lilian chinomso said...

Huh!!!!

beautytips@blogsport.com said...

Some Nigerians are just "stupid" giving us bad names every where.

warri mercyjohnson said...

A whole 30 years.
My dear sorry

Di Mateo Xavie said...

naija boys...wuna strong oooo....see gobe

favour ezeh said...

Loi he looks like d baji,
When he was busy doing all that he did not tell me so why should I favour bother #Abi#

letom ngia said...

not again

ahabike daniel said...

Y now

AG BABY said...

This is how all yahoo yahoo guyz will end!!! make una kontinu

Jamila Shaibu said...

Ok seen!

Dafizy Flamezy said...

Eya. Ur name don turn sorry. #IamMe

moss said...

Looking like D banj But dbanj bo lowo wo. This one no fit escape thou. Upgraded yahoo. Asap

renieccc09@gmail said...

Men n money......God ve mercy....

Dammy Grace said...

28yrs old + 30yrs in prison = 58yrs

Aunty Linda Enter your comment...

emmanuel ohio said...

Like someone once told me... Its not scam... Its taking back his ancestors inheritance the white man stole years ago......no be me talk am o... #DANPHILIP#

joshua james said...

Nigeria man no they carry last..linda observe carefully

joshua james said...

Nigeria man no they carry last..linda observe carefully

kenton onuorah said...

No time for criminals, d law should take it's place, young looking with bad criminal record

Juliet Iwuno said...

It always has to be a Nigerian, mcheeeeeeeeeew! Linda take note!

omotola ojuade said...

Why why, why do naija people want easy way of being big boys or gals, y cant we strive to work hard and be a blessing, is do far naija people haba na only una. Linda post o

omotola ojuade said...

Why why, why do naija people want easy way of being big boys or gals, y cant we strive to work hard and be a blessing, is do far naija people haba na only una. Linda post o

Anonymous said...

I know criminals exist everywhere, but I don't think there's a country of people who talk more openly about God than Nigeria. Yet the religious fervor doesn't extend to a respect for the commanment, "Thou shall not steal." This unchecked drive to dishonestly take from others is very unique to this country. Why? There's immense poverty throughout Africa yet only Nigerians have this reputation born out by these types of stories. Is it keeping up with the Joneses gone terribly awry? Somebody explain.

Anonymous said...

Awon ti biafra ni yen.

Abdulahi Olajire said...

Biafra Noni... I hail ooooo

Paul Briella said...

God will save Nigeria

Anonymous said...

The Biafra people hide under the guise 'Nigerians abroad' now. Dem remember Naija when it pleases them

emeka4rl said...

Nigerians abroad abegggiiii

Wire king said...

No wire no light

Roland Walter said...

Just passing by.............God help us all

FAITH ALFRED said...

Amuegbulagi?of course amu aghi gbu gi,obu ashi gi gbu gi nwam

FAITH ALFRED said...

Amuegbulam? the names some people bear though lwkmd

Anonymous said...

menh, you are a godfather respect for the man wa sabi, them go leave you in Jesus name because you no put gun for there head before they pay and nah our grandfather money we they take back.....

Anonymous said...

Sound too funny

Anonymous said...

So, it would have been alright if he wasn't caught? Listen to yoyrself

Anonymous said...

That person is an ape!

Ade Olasengbe said...

Too bad for him

izy 2 nv said...

DIS DUDE IS AN AMOEBA. IBO BRETHREN WHERE ART THOU. YA BRODA WILL PICK SOAP FOR 30YRS. CHAI

Pesin Pikin said...

I just the guy sha

Pesin Pikin said...

I just pity the guy sha

Angel Makiz said...

Nigerians always bringing disgrace to their country...angelmakiz@yahoo.com

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