Suspected Nigerian cybercrime kingpin arrested in Sandton for R196 million in romance scams

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Suspected Nigerian cybercrime kingpin arrested in Sandton for R196 million in romance scams

Suspected Nigerian cybercrime kingpin arrested in Sandton for R196 million in romance scams. James Aliyu, an alleged mastermind of cybercrime, was detained by the International Criminal Police Organization on Wednesday in an opulent Sandton mansion (Interpol).

The Nigerian national was detained in connection with alleged corporate email fraud and romantic scams totaling R196 million. Shortly after his arrest, he had a brief appearance at the Randburg Magistrate Court.

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A local publication claims that Aliyu is well-known on Instagram for his opulent lifestyle and his exorbitant spending, which included treating his girlfriend to opulent vacations.

He is suspected of having purchased the fleet of luxury vehicles using money obtained fraudulently. His fleet includes a Mercedes C220d, a Mercedes-Benz G Class SUV, and a Porsche Cayenne.

When he was detained after allegedly five years of successful scamming activities, all the flaunting came to an end.

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Cybercrime investigation

According to law enforcement authorities who spoke to the journal, a six-year investigation into his cybercrimes by a number of agencies, including Interpol, the US department of homeland security investigations, and the US Secret Service, led to his arrest.

Aliyu is believed to be the capo of a global fraudulent organization.

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He first came to public attention in August of last year when he accused Terrence Kudzai Mushonga, Khanyi Mbau’s boyfriend, of engaging in what he called a vehicle scam.

Mbau and the businessman he dates are well-known for their contentious romance and extravagant visits to Dubai.

After purchasing two cars from Kudzai, one of which was stolen and the second was hijacked on different occasions, he accused Kudzai of scamming him of R1.2 million.

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According to what he said to Sunday World, he launched cases of fraud and hijacking at various police stations because he thought Kudzai had hired the crooks.

According to a police statement, Aliyu said that Kudzai sold him a Mercedes for R720 000 and a Jaguar for R500 000 while posing as Dick Lefa Nzula from South Africa.

According to Kudzai, Aliyu used fake currency to purchase the cars, so he would not be reimbursed.

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“That man is wanted by the FBI for scamming Americans millions of Rand,” he said at the time.

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