Why Lekki is Now the Hotbed of Cyber Crimes in Nigeria. Cyber crime is becoming prominent in Nigeria. Especially in the Southwestern State of Lagos
In Lagos State hundreds of cyber crimes offenders have been arrested. According to EFCC, about 402 suspects arrested have so far been arrested in the last three months. This is an alarming and disturbing number.
In the past, some of the big wigs in cypercrime offences have opened training centres to teach younger prospective offenders. Cybercrime has become the easiest method of getting quick money.
Lekki Emerging as New Hub of Internet Related Offences
Lekki is amongst the fast-developing upper middle class area of Lagos Metropolis. Being a developing resident, many kinds of people might be found in it.
What is so sad about it is the it is emerging as the new hub of internet-related fraud. Data from the investigation activities of the Lagos Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for the second quarter of 2021, indicates that Lekki District is the preferred location for all manner of cyber fraud syndicates.
According to EFCC, between April and June, 2021, the Advance Fee Fraud and Cyber Crime Sections of the Command recorded a total of 402 internet-related fraud arrests.
While the Advance Fee Fraud Section was responsible for 243 arrests, the Cyber Crime Section executed 18 sting operations which resulted in 159 arrests, from which 13 convictions have so far been recorded.
OutOf the 159 suspects arrested by the Cyber Crime Section, 70 are from Lekki, comprising communities such as Ajah, Badore, Victoria Garden City, Sangotedo and Oniru.
Ajah accounted for 24 suspects, while Oniru and Sangotedo had 14 and 13 suspects respectively. Badore had 8 suspects. Neighbouring Ikoyi and Eko Atlantic had 2 and one suspect each. Ikorodu and Alagbado on the Lagos Mainland make up the remainder.
Description of The Offenders
The suspects are mostly millennials, with 82 of them aged between 25-34 years. This indicates that most of the individuals arrested are either still in school, recent graduates or university drop outs.
Analysis of The Data From The Cyber Crime Section of EFCC
Analysis of the data from the Cyber Crime Section further shows that the dominant form of internet crime is Dating Scam/Online Dating Scam/Romance Scam. Sixty Four percent (64%) of individuals arrested are involved in romance scam, followed closely by “Middle Man Scam” and “Picking” which account for 8% and 7% respectively of those arrested.
The 64% involved in the dating scam benefitted to the tune of N8, 310,000; $349,290 USD; £ 900; €10 and Cryptocurrency 0.17513.
Other related types of fraud identified include forgery, possession of fraudulent documents, spamming, credit card fraud, impersonation, rental scam, loan fraud, Business Email Compromise, Hacking, stealing, cheque scam, phishing, and money laundering.
The data also reveals gift cards, at 39%, as the prevalent method employed by the suspects to access their illicit funds. It is followed by bank transfers at 27% and Cryptocurrency at 21%.
A total of $12, 512.49USD was recovered from the e-wallet accounts of four suspects within the period.
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News Source: Economic and Financial Crime Commission