Internet fraud-‘Yahoo’ big boy meets dead end


Popular internet fraudster Akpojivi Onoriode and three others arrested in Calabar, exotic cars and building recovered (photos)

A popular ‘Yahoo’ big boy has reached his dead end when the Operatives of the Uyo Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, burst his expensive duplex at Plot 10, Block VI, Unical Satellite Town, Calabar, in the early hours of Saturday, May 4, 2019 and Sunday, May 5, 2019.

Akpojivi Onoriode who was arrested alongside three Internet fraudsters confessed that he had been in the “yahoo-yahoo” business for a long time and was known as “Blinks” or “Mr White” and currently operates an offshore account in China.

“I was really known in my school then as a yahoo boy. I have two kids. I didn’t want to bring them up where people will say, ‘ah! your father is a yahoo boy’. That was why I relocated my family from Asaba to Calabar.”

“When I came out now and saw you people and the bus outside, my mind just told me there was a problem.”

While conducting a search on the premises, three luxury cars were recovered from him – ZDX Acura car, E 300 Mercedes Benz and a Range Rover SUV.

The Range Rover could, however, not be moved out of the premises with other exhibits due to mechanical problems. Other items recovered include, two iPhones, one Nokia phone, and documents of landed properties owned by the suspect.

That same morning raid on May 5, also led to the arrest of Ifeanyi Chukwudi, Godwin Joseph and Iluobe Daniel. They were picked up at different locations within Calabar, following intelligence reports gathered by EFCC operatives.

Chukwudi allegedly confessed that he specialised in love scam, admitting that he had “made a lot of money from the business (yahoo-yahoo),” the EFCC statement quoted him as saying.

“I have defrauded women from the UK (United Kingdom). They usually pay me after we get engaged, and then, they will now want me to come over, that’s when they send me money and that’s how I get paid.”

Some of the items recovered from his apartment at Effiong Close, Satellite Town, Calabar include: one iPhone 8 Plus, one HP laptop containing fraudulent letters of false claims, and nine SIM cards.

Joseph and Daniel were arrested at Itagbor Agbeansa area of Calabar. A Toyota Camry LE, one HP laptop containing scam emails and several exotic phones were recovered from them.

They will soon be charged to court, the EFCC spokesman said.


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