Twenty-eight Internet fraudsters have been arrested in Lagos, in joint operations between the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), and the FBI.Also, USD3.5 million (N490 million) was recovered in fraudulent cashier cheques and goods bought over the Internet and shipped to Nigeria by credit card scammers.

Osita Nwajah, Head, Media and Publicity of EFCC said the year-long cooperation targeted the rising cases of cyber crime, especially credit card fraud in Nigeria. Some of the suspected fraudsters are to be charged to court soon, Nwajah said.

Meanwhile, the United States Attorney General, John Asheroft has commended President Olusegun Obasanjo for setting up EFCC.Ashcroft gave the public commendation, last month at an international media conference of law enforcement agencies to review Operation Web Snare, an inter-agency initiative, in Washington USA.

Ashcroft, noted that cyber crime was a major global source of worry adding that only committed governments and cooperative efforts between law enforcement agencies around the world can effectively tackle the menace.

He singled out Nigeria as one fine example where such a government exists and where joint operations between EFCC and FBI have been exceptionally fruitful.

The Daily Champion