Nigerians arrested for fraud in Indonesia
Two Nigerians were arrested for online financial crime in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Wednesday.
The suspects – Mallo Gombo aka Peter Nwankwo and Vincent Enwere Anuma, popularly known as Casey conducted the crimes by allegedly setting up a copy of Bank Mandiri’s official website.
“The two suspects are being thoroughly investigated,” Jakarta Police chief detective, Sr. Comr. Heru Pranoto, said Wednesday.
Jakarta Police mobile detective (Resmob) chief, Adj. Sr. Comr. Didik Sugiarto, said the two men had carried out their crimes by sending out links to the false Mandiri website to random targets via email.
He added that the suspects asked their targets to input their usernames and passwords on the counterfeit site.
One victim, who wished to remain anonymous, explained that the emails, which stated that the bank wanted to update the recipient’s records, looked like official Mandiri emails.
After obtaining both the username and password, the two men posed as Mandiri employees and contacted the victims to ask for a “token” number.
The suspects then used the “token” number to transfer Rp 100 million (US$8,541.1) from each victim’s account to another account.
The police said the two men managed to access the accounts of three Bank Mandiri customers, stealing a total of Rp 300 million.
While arresting the suspects, the police seized a number of items, including two cell phones, two bank books and two Mandiri ATM cards.
The police aim to charge the men under Article 378 of the Criminal Code (KUHP), which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison.
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