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581  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: Spain arrests Nigerian scam artists on: 9-07-2012 04:57 AM

Tobechi Enyinna Onwuhara Report a Tip


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FBI: Fraud Mastermind Still On The Run

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The FBI is gunning for Tobe Onwuhara, who they say bilked banks out of at least $44 million.

The FBI says Tobechi Onwuhara is a criminal mastermind. They say in less than three years, Onwuhara was able to steal $44 million from banks across the country, going nearly undetected by authorities. But Onwuhara did not live the quiet life. According to sources, Onwuhara lived a lavish lifestyle, spending money on high ends cars, jewelry and his favorite pastime -- strippers.

Agents say Onwuhara was essentially groomed for a life of crime. Born in Houston, Onwuhara was sent to live with his wealthy father in Nigeria before he was a teenager. Onwuhara’s father, Prince Doris Onwuhara, was a well-known con man who made a fortune in the notorious 419 scheme. The 419 scammers essentially fish for victims by sending random e-mails to accounts around the world. The e-mail usually tells the tale of a wealthy businessman or member of royalty who needs to desperately get money out of a country. The victims fall for the scam because they are promised a cut of the e-mail sender’s millions in exchange for a bank account number or a cash deposit for administration fees.

Onwuhara returned to the United States around 1999 as a young man. He settled in Texas and started work at the Capital One Financial Corporation. Agents believe this job gave Onwuhara unique insight into the American banking system, and they say within a short time, Onwuhara was putting his skills to use and started stealing credit card numbers.

In April 2002, Onwuhara was arrested in Lewisville, Texas, when police got a tip that he may be using fraudulent identification to steal money from stolen credit card numbers. Police raided his apartment and found fake driver’s licenses, credit card account numbers and material used to make fake identification. Police estimated that Onwuhara and another co-conspirator stole as much as $200,000 in just a few months.

But it would not be Onwuhara’s only arrest that year. In December, Onwuhara walked into a Seattle bank and tried to max out the cash withdrawal limit on a stolen credit card. When Onwuhara fled the bank, he jumped into a car driven by Abel Nnabue. The duo led police on a high-speed chase but was eventually apprehended when they tried to flee on foot.

Onwuhara and Nnabue were sentenced to two years in prison.

The Next Big Scam

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The FBI says Tobechi Onwuhara is part of a group of Nigerians who they say are using online internet databases to steal victims' identities to the tune of $44 million.

Onwuhara and Nnabue only served eight months of their two-year sentence, and they relocated to Texas after their release. In 2005, the real estate market was hitting all-time highs. Agents say Onwuhara decided to target Home Equity Lines of Credit. However, unlike credit cards, HELOCS were much harder to steal.

But police say Onwuhara slowly found a solution, getting lists of homeowners in moderate-to-upscale communities across the country. From there, the FBI says he would research the homeowner’s credit reports, which told Onwuhara whether the homeowner had opened a HELOC account and how much money was in it. During the real estate boom it would not be uncommon for a homeowner to have more than $200,000 to $300,000 in home equity.

However, banks still had many safeguards in place to prevent fraud. Onwuhara was able to get around these safeguards by learning everything about his victims. He could easily get simple passwords, such as city of birth or mother’s maiden name, off the Internet. Agents say what was unique was how Onwuhara was able to manipulate phone services.

Onwuhara and his crew of co-conspirators would only use pre-paid phone and pre-paid wireless Internet cards, preventing authorities from tracking phones back to them. But they would also utilize spoofing services to call the banks. The spoofing service allowed Onwuhara to make the victim’s home phone number appear on the bank representative’s caller ID.

Authorities say Onwuhara made most of the phone calls to the banks, but if the caller needed to be female, his girlfriend Precious Matthews would make the call. Other co-conspirators would be tasked with researching new victims to pull off the scam.

Once they got access into the account, police say that’s when they'd transfer the money to the homeowner's checking account. This would not set off any alarms at the bank. Within a few hours, Onwuhara would then transfer the money to accounts in Asia, and then the money would go to a Hawala in Africa. Hawalas are money transferring systems that work on trust rather than regulations. Brokers, or hawaladars, would take a cut and then transfer the money into an African bank, eventually returning to a U.S. bank. Most of the money coming back to the United States came through a bank account belonging to Precious Matthews or one of the other co-conspirators.

The Perfect Scam Comes To An End

By the time the scam came to the attention of the FBI, Onwuhara and his crew had already taken nearly $20 million, and because the scammer had a foolproof system, they would take another $20 million before agents learned their identity.

But when the FBI gets involved, no system is foolproof. When agents learned the crew was using prepaid wireless connections, they contacted the providers, and one was able to give the FBI surveillance video of three individuals prepaying with cash.

The FBI got their next break in spring 2008 when they learned the crew was using a spoofing service. Those companies record all phone calls that are used via their service to prevent illegal activity. Now the FBI had 1,500 phone recordings to listen to, hoping to find one nugget of information leading them to the crew's identity.

While most of the calls were to bank, one call did eventually stick out. Someone in Onwuhara's crew pretended to be a doctor and called in a prescription to a pharmacy in the name of Tobechi Onwuhara. When the FBI ran his name, they realized Onwuhara had been arrested in 2002 for bank fraud.

The FBI compared his arrest photos to the surveillance video and felt it was a match, but they needed more information on his crew.

To find out about the co-conspirators, the FBI needed to find Onwuhara, and they realized he'd left Miami, stopped in New York for a bit and then flew to Nigeria.

FBI agents assigned to the case decided to stop Onwuhara and his travel companions as they returned from Nigeria. Onwuhara had changed his flight several times, giving the FBI reason to conduct a secondary security screening when they arrived through customs. They wanted Onwuhara to believe he was being questioned as a possible terrorist. Onwuhara fell for the trap and gave up information that would eventually link him to the crime.

In the summer 2008, the FBI felt they had enough evidence to take Onwuhara and his crew down. They knew Onwuhara was staying at a mansion near Miami. Although she was a college student, Precious Matthews was paying the $5,000 month mortgage on the house.

On Aug. 1, 2008, FBI agents and local police tailed Matthews and Onwuhara from the house to a Florida casino. As they approached the casino, authorities made their move and detained the crew – but Onwuhara wasn’t with them. While the other arrests were being made, the agents learned Matthews texted Onwuhara about the take down. It’s believed Onwuhara was in the casino at the time.

Agents say Onwuhara is well-traveled and may have hidden millions away in foreign banks. Because Onwuhara was an out-of-control spender, it is hard to tell where the money went. Officials say Onwuhara would spend $50,000 a night in strip clubs up to three times a week. He also stayed at five-star hotels and casinos whenever he traveled. They know Onwuhara was in the process of building a luxury home in Nigeria and had several expensive cars shipped there -- all paid in cash.

Onwuhara's co-conspirators have already been sentenced in this case:

Henry "Uche" Obilo, 30, Miami: Sentenced to 88 months in prison.
Abel Nnabue, 34, Dallas: Sentenced to 54 months on Jan. 30, 2009.
Onwuhara’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Precious Matthews: Sentenced to 51 months on Feb. 13, 2009.
Brandy Anderson, 31, of Dallas: Sentenced to two years of supervised probation and 40 days of community confinement on Feb. 20, 2009.
Ezenwa Onyedebelu, 21, Dallas: Sentenced to 37 months on Feb. 27, 2009.
Daniel Orjinta, 43, Nigeria: Sentenced to 42 months on March 6, 2009.
Paula Gipson, 34, Dallas, Sentenced to 15 months on Sept. 4, 2009.
The FBI is offering $25,000 to anyone with information leading to Onwuhara's arrest.

If you know where Tobechi Onwuhara is or anything about this case, call our Hotline right away at 1-800-CRIME-TV.  Remember, you can remain anonymous
582  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Nigeria: 419: Anajemba Jailed for 30 Months on: 9-07-2012 04:52 AM
Eighteen months after her arraignment with two others for conspiring to swindle a Brazilian bank in the biggest ever Advance Fee Fraud offences, 37 year-old widow, Mrs Amaka Martina Anajemba was yesterday convicted after pleading guilty to the charges preferred against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). She will spend two years behind bar and forfeit all properties acquired through the fraudulent means.
Anajemba who in January last year pleaded not guilty alongside a former director of the Union Bank Plc, Chief Emmanuel Nwude and Chief Nzeribe Edeh Okoli for swindling the said bank to the tune of $242 million, yesterday made a detour and pleaded guilty to the four count charge against her. They were arraigned for stealing and conspiracy contrary to Sections 8(a) and 1 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offences Act 13 of 1995 as amended by Act 62 of 1999

igbos admire criminals? whats the logic in defending this dirty igbo thief
583  Forum / Politics / Re: NSCDC Team Arrests Female Robbery Suspect @ Governor's Office on: 9-07-2012 04:41 AM
cliford oriji the notorious cannibal is igbo..
Rev king is also an igbo man..
584  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: Spain arrests Nigerian scam artists on: 9-07-2012 04:23 AM
We also know that ibo people:

1) Most of them are 419'ers.
2) Most of them are into ritual killings, (Of which originated in ibo land i'e ogwugwu Deity etc,
3) Most of them sell fake drugs, i.e cough medicine etc, (leading to many fatal deaths)
4) Have the highest percentage of drug smugglers, (most drug dealers being sentenced to death or being beheaded in Asian and Islamic countries are ibo's)
5) Are one of the world's most ruthless people, (This can also be noticed in their very aggressive manner in talking and their day to day living)
 Most 419 ers in America from houston to dallas to new york has been mostly igbos..
585  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: Spain arrests Nigerian scam artists on: 8-07-2012 02:04 PM
586  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: EKSU Student Kills Wife During Brawl on: 8-07-2012 05:51 AM
587  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Tension as gunmen kill 3, kidnap businessmen in Onitsha on: 8-07-2012 02:43 AM

Tension as gunmen kill 3, kidnap businessmen in Onitsha

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 Written by Suzy Oruya, Onitsha Sunday, 08 July 2012
BARELY a week after the kidnap of an APGA chieftain, a few poles away from the Fegge Police Station, robbers are still terrorising the city of Onitsha, Nkpor and its environs.

According to an eyewitness account, residents were thrown into panic following sporadic shootings on Friday night.
The source hinted that a businessman who was returning from the Onitsha main market was intercepted by gunmen who tried to force him into their car.
His refusal to comply with their directive angered the assailants who started shooting sporadically, killing a friend of the victim who stopped by to know what was going on.
The victim whose identity could not be ascertained as of the time of filling this report, was later whisked away by the gunmen who escaped without challenge.
In another development, another businessman who was also returning from the market, in company with a female friend, was accosted by the gunmen along Modebe Avenue, Onitsha.
According to the source, the man who sensed that he was being followed, jumped from the car and ran away, but his girlfriend was not lucky as she was shot on the leg while trying to escape.
In Nkpor, a surbub of Onitsha, the gunmen held sway for several hours after they kidnapped one Tochukwu Ibekwe, a businessman, in the full glare of passersby, killing three people on the spot.
Yet, in another development, a fortnight ago, a lecturer at Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, was abducted by gunmen at Oko.
Confirming the incident, a police source that preferred anonymity said that there had been reports of shooting in Onitsha, but quickly added that the police was on top of the situation.
588  Forum / Politics / Re: NSCDC Team Arrests Female Robbery Suspect @ Governor's Office on: 8-07-2012 02:31 AM
589  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: R-E-V-E-A-L-E-D: More people are secretly practising homosegxwality in Nigeria on: 7-07-2012 11:23 PM
Quote from: Unikpearl on  7-07-2012 08:17 AM
Homosegxwal-gay & disgusting.they are even on 2go
590  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: Female Student Raped At Abia State University ABSU RAPE [Video Inside] on: 7-07-2012 11:17 PM
igbo again........ Lips Sealed
591  Forum / Politics / Re: NSCDC Team Arrests Female Robbery Suspect @ Governor's Office on: 7-07-2012 10:57 PM
most of these crimes by Nigerians abroad are committed by Igbos & they don't care about the negative consequences it impacts on genuine people doing their legitimate businesses.. Grin
592  Forum / Politics / Re: NSCDC Team Arrests Female Robbery Suspect @ Governor's Office on: 7-07-2012 10:55 PM
An igbo human head hunter. Cool

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593  Forum / The Buzz Central / Re: Nigerian Music Video Of The Year (Voodoo Woman By Afrocandy!!) on: 7-07-2012 08:47 PM
igbo old hooker..  Lips Sealed
594  Forum / Politics / Re: NSCDC Team Arrests Female Robbery Suspect @ Governor's Office on: 7-07-2012 08:03 PM
igbo dibia, such for a people who claimed to be catholic... Grin

igbos still pratice cannibalism and Osu caste.

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595  Forum / Politics / Re: NSCDC Team Arrests Female Robbery Suspect @ Governor's Office on: 7-07-2012 07:49 PM
in imo state during otokoto stage
596  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: Spain arrests Nigerian scam artists on: 7-07-2012 07:40 PM
Quote from: biancaflexy on  7-07-2012 07:20 PM
Idiat m sure na ur own tribe. Mtsheeew rubish post nd a useless poster. I sure say dem snd yhu to come cause tribalistic wahalla again.... Remove dis post joor coz e no jxt commot road.

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598  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: BREAKING NEWS: Business mogul kidnapped, killed in Ebonyi State on: 7-07-2012 06:50 PM
igbos people hummmmmmm Lips Sealed
599  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Spain arrests Nigerian scam artists on: 7-07-2012 06:49 PM
Spain arrests Nigerian scam artists

Spanish police said Friday they had smashed a Nigerian fraud ring which tricked some 500 people out of more than a million euros in a year by convincing them they had won a lottery jackpot. In a case mirroring many others from recent years, police detained six people in Torrejon de Ardoz, near Madrid, and Malaga in southern Spain, on suspicion of working the fraud. Police said the network fished for victims by mailing out letters, mainly to Italians, claiming the person had won a million euros but needed to advance 4,000 euros in administrative fees to claim the jackpot.

“In 2012 alone nearly 500 victims, mainly Italian citizens, handed over various sums of money,” the police said about the network, which they had been investigating since late 2011. In total, more than 600 people took the bait and called the number on the letter. At the other end a man in Malaga would explain how to proceed with the bank or postal money transfers. The alleged fraudsters collected the money at the post office with the help of forged passports bearing Internet photos of famous stars, including American songstress Alicia Keys.
The network then broke off all contact with the victim. Police seized “800 Nigerian letters ready for posting, 700 envelopes, lists of possible victims” in their search, along with 100 photos destined for passport forgery. At the time of the arrests in a building in Torrejon de Ardoz, some “tried to flee through the window after flushing a large quantity of drugs down the toilet,” the police said, adding the network also trafficked narcotics. The fraud is only the latest of its kind to hit Spain and other countries in recent years.
In January 2012, Indian police arrested six Nigerian nationals on suspicion of defrauding hundreds through text message and spam email scams with similar lottery claims. In March 2009, Spanish police arrested 23 people, most of them Nigerians, on suspicion of running an email and letter scam that duped residents in the United States and Europe into believing they were left an inheritance. One year earlier Spanish police arrested 51 people suspected of running a lottery scam that netted around 40 million euros. PMnews

igbos i bet you........ Roll Eyes
600  Forum / Naijapals Base (Metro life) / Re: More than 6, 000 Nigerian Citizens jailed Abroad for drug traffickin​g Offenses' on: 7-07-2012 06:36 PM
most of these crimes by Nigerians abroad are committed by Igbos & they don't care about the negative consequences it impacts on genuine people doing their legitimate businesses.  Lips Sealed
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