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Hundreds of BEC Scammers Arrested in Nigeria and U.S. — $3.7 Million Recovered

Breaking News — The Nigerian prince and his allies who might have also asked you over an email for your assistance to help save "the first African astronaut lost in space" have finally been arrested by the FBI.

Don't take it too seriously, as there's no Nigerian prince or an astronaut seeking your help.

Instead, it was an infamous 'Nigerian 419' scam email template where fraudsters try to dupe you into making a quick online payment by offering a share in a large sum of money on the condition you help them transfer money out of their country.

The FBI today announced the arrests of 281 suspects from around the world as part of an internationally coordinated law enforcement operation aimed at disrupting multi-billion-dollar BEC email and wire transfer scams.

With no surprise, the largest number of arrests were made in Nigeria where authorities detained a total of 167 suspects, though a significant number of arrests were also made in nine other countries.

According to the United States Department of Justice, 74 suspects were arrested in the United States, 18 in Turkey, 15 in Ghana and the rest of the arrests were made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom (UK).

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