WASHINGTON — Six Nigerians have been sanctioned by the United States of America for online fraud, the US Department of State said on Tuesday.
According to the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the six people: Nnamdi Orson Benson, Abiola Ayorinde Kayode, Alex Afolabi Ogushakin, Felix Osilama Okpoh, Micheal Olorunyomi and Richard Izuchukwu Uzuh, used an elaborate online scheme to steal more than $6 million from people across the United States.
“The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources. The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology,” a statement on the State Department website said.
In recent months, U.S authorities have cracked down on online fraud perpetrated against its citizens, notably by Nigerians.