Dubai Police reveal role in arrest of alleged fraudster Hushpuppi after Dh150m seizure

Dubai Police reveal role in arrest of alleged fraudster Hushpuppi after Dh150m seizure

Dubai Police seized Dh150 million in money and greater than a dozen luxurious vehicles once they arrested an Instagram superstar accused of on-line fraud and cash laundering.

In a video shared by police, officers defined how they arrested Raymond Abbas, higher often called Hushpuppi.

The Nigerian is accused of making web sites that seem similar to these of well-known firms and banks.

Individuals have been despatched emails and messages that prompted them to log in or make funds on the pretend websites.

Mr Abbas is accused of being a part of a gang that hacked company emails and directed big funds to accounts they managed.

Olalekan Jacob Ponle, often called Woodberry, was additionally arrested together with 10 different males in an operation that concerned six police groups.

Police confiscated 13 luxurious vehicles, valued at about Dh25m, 21 computer systems and 47 smartphones throughout the raid.

They stated the e-mail addresses of 800,000 folks have been discovered and Dh1.6 billion might have been stolen from victims of the alleged rip-off.

The operation was known as Fox Hunt 2, after a raid Dubai Police carried out in February on an African cyber-crime gang accused of stealing Dh32m in an identical rip-off.

Mr Abbas, who has greater than two million followers on Instagram, is accused of posing as a property investor and businessman.

Posts on his account counsel a lavish way of life, with pictures of him taking journeys on a non-public jet, carrying Louis Vuitton tracksuits and a Dh550,000 Richard Mille watch, and posing exterior the 4 Seasons resort in Paris.

A video of a marriage in Dubai attended by Nigerian celebrities, which made headlines in his residence nation, confirmed Mr Abbas dancing as he threw $100 notes into the air.

Dubai Police CID chief Brig Jamal Al Jalaf stated he posed as a profitable businessman “celebrating his wealth by way of social media platforms, in an try and lure victims from everywhere in the world”.

“The suspects focused victims abroad by creating pretend web sites for well-known firms and banks in a bid to steal victims’ bank card data after which launder the stolen cash,” Brig Al Jalaf stated.

Final week, a senior prosecutor instructed The Nationwide that “preliminary data consists of that he was a part of this gang which fraudulently obtained money and vehicles from folks”.

He stated the prosecution investigations have been solely starting.

Mr Abbas can also be accused of committing fraud in Europe, the US and Nigeria.

As criminals always change their strategies, the elite officers of Dubai Police work tirelessly to sort out rising organised crime

Lt Basic Abdullah Al Marri, Dubai Police

Dubai Police chief Lt Gen Abdullah Al Marri stated cyber crime and monetary scams on victims at residence and overseas stay a serious focus for the pressure.

“As criminals always change their prison strategies, the elite officers of Dubai Police work tirelessly with the newest applied sciences to sort out rising and transnational organised crime,” Gen Al Marri stated.

Emirati police have in latest months centered on organised crime gangs discovered to be working within the nation.

Final week, a suspected drug trafficker linked to violent turf wars in Belgium was arrested in Dubai.

Nordin EH, a Belgian-Moroccan, faces numerous drug fees and was linked to cocaine smuggling and hand-grenade assaults on rivals in Antwerp.

In December, suspected Dutch crime lord Ridouan Taghi was arrested in connection with 11 murders within the Netherlands.

He was alleged to be behind a 3rd of Europe’s cocaine commerce and is rumoured to have made €100m (Dh412m) from dealing medicine.

This month Amir Faten Mekky, a world gang chief needed by Interpol, was arrested in Dubai.

Mekky was related to Taghi and the Angels of Loss of life gang and was needed in reference to two murders and arson assaults in southern Spain.

Up to date: June 26, 2020 04:01 AM