The Dubai police has released an official documentary video of Raymond Igbalode Abbas popularly known as Hushpuppi. The influential internet fraudster was arrested in a sting operation by police officials in the UAE two weeks ago.
Hushpuppi who is known to be highly influential on social media boasts of up to 2.3 million followers yet many didn’t know his source of massive wealth until the Dubai police caught up with him.
Hushpuppi was arrested alongside Mr. Woodberry whose real name is Olalekan Jacob Ponle along with 10 other “gang” members for money laundering and cyber crime.
Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police, said the arrest of ‘Hushpuppi‘, ‘Woodberry’ and ten gang members involved in money laundry and cyber fraud activities, is another achievement added to the proud record of Dubai police in ensuring the emirate’s security and safety as well as preserving people’s money and property.
In a report obtained by GULF TODAY; Lt. General Abdullah Khalifa Al Marri, the Commander-in-chief of Dubai Police said,
“Similar to operation ‘Fox Hunt 1’ that took down an African gang of nine online scammers last February, Op ‘Fox Hunt 2’ is another painful hit to cyber criminals who try to mess with the world’s security and safety,”
The Dubai police through Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, Director of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) also revealed how the operation’s went, detailing how they got Hushpuppi and Woodberry.
The CID said that upon receiving the security intel about an African gang involved in money-laundering and cyber fraud, an investigation team was formed to track down the suspects, make the arrest and put an end to the gang’s illegal activities that have been badly affecting individuals and companies overseas and targeting their bank accounts and credit cards.
“After verifying available information, the team has started to track the gang including “Hushpuppi”, who celebrated his wealth via social media platform, under a businessman façade, in an attempt to lure victims from all over the world,”
Al Jallaf said.
Al Jallaf also added stating that the anti-cybercrime task force was able to track the gang members and detect their criminal activities.
How Hushpuppi Scammed People
Hushpuppi and co scammed hundreds of people by;
1. Creating fake accounts on social media website with fake nicknames.
2. Hacking corporate emails to deceive clients into making money transfers to the gang’s bank accounts.
Al-Jallaf who was obviously elated by the news also added
“The suspects also targeted victims overseas by creating fake websites for well-known companies and banks in a bid to steal victims’ credit card information and then launder the stolen money,”
The director of Dubai CID said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth AED 1.6 billion ($ 435 million).
“The sting team responsible for Hushpuppi’s capture also seized more than Dhs150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of Dhs25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims”,
Further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, made the Dubai Police investigators uncover sensitive information obtained by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs’ illegal activities.