Nigeria Busts $6 Million Facebook Fraudster

By Brian Shields

Fri Jul 25th, 2014 7:19am America/Los_Angeles

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ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian security forces say they have arrested a suspected internet fraudster accused of stealing nearly $6 million from people who thought were paying fees to apply for government jobs.

Emmanuel Okeh, a spokesman for the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps said Friday that the suspect, Michael Ogun, 44, is accused of using Facebook and other websites that appear to represent government agencies, including customs, immigration and security. The pages urged applicants to pay small fees to apply online for jobs.

Okeh said the scam is one of many in Nigeria that are specifically designed to extract small sums from Nigeria’s unemployed. Conservative estimates put Nigeria’s unemployment rate at about 24 percent in a nation of more than 160 million people.

Nigerian security forces say they never recruit online.

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