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Convicted Nigerian fraudster keeps a-fraudin’ from behind bars – Naked Security

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Convicted Nigerian fraudster keeps a-fraudin’ from behind bars – Naked Security


He’s a convicted Nigerian scammer, ensconced in the bowels of the Kirikiri Maximum Correctional Center in Lagos as he serves a 24-year jail term for internet fraud, but hey, details, details!

Bars didn’t stop him from getting a phone and an internet connection so he could allegedly run what Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says was a $1m “mega-scam.”

The EFCC is scratching its head over this one. On Tuesday, the commission said that Hope Olusegun Aroke allegedly continued to ply his “ignoble trade” of internet fraud from prison, though it didn’t say just what, exactly, his alleged swindles were.

The immediate riddle that confronted the EFCC was how it was possible for the convict to continue to ply his ignoble trade of internet fraud from prison.

Preliminary investigation revealed that the convict, against established standard practice, had access to internet and mobile phone in the Correctional Centre where he is supposed to be serving his jail term.

What we do know is how Aroke wound up in jail in the first place: in 2012, he claimed to be a computer science student at the Kuala Lumpur Metropolitan University in Malaysia.

After a tip led to a search of his apartment and subsequent arrest, Aroke was convicted for masterminding a massive criminal operation spread out between Asia and Africa. He was found guilty on two counts of obtaining money by false pretence, forgery, check forgery and wire transfer fraud and was sentenced to 12 years in prison on each of those two counts.