How Hushpuppi defrauded 1,926,400 persons, made N168bn – Dubai police

The Dubai Police Force in a new video how special team had been tracking Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Ramon Abass, aka Hushpuppi for about four months on social media before he was eventually arrest.

The Dubai police said the raid, carried out on June 10, 2020, was dubbed: Fox Hunt 2.

While footage of the operation played, a narrator said, “In less than just four months, the Dubai Police Force was able to solve the new operation dubbed: Fox Hunt 2, where 12 other gang members were also arrested.

The police said, upon the arrest of Hushpuppi and 12 other members of his crew, including Olalekan Ponle, aka Woodberry, they discovered that fraud amounting to 1.6 billion dirham (N168bn) had been perpetrated by the gang.

No fewer than 1,926,400 persons from different parts of the world were also said to have fallen victim to the suspects. 13 luxury cars, estimated at 35 million dirham (N3.7bn) were recovered from the house, where the suspects were arrested.

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the police said Hushpuppi and his team usually created fake pages for existing websites and redirected victims’ payments to their own accounts.

The Dubai police also said they discovered that the gang specialised in hacking corporate emails and sending fake messages to clients in order to redirect financial transfers and bank details to their own accounts.

Before their arrest, Abass (Hushpuppi) and his crew members were responsible for scams amounting to 1.6 billion dirham. The police officers were also able to seize items worth 150 million dirham after they claimed 21 computers, 47 smartphones, 15 storage devices and five hard disks containing data.

 

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