US takes action against 6 Nigerians trying to scam Americans of $6 mln
The United States secretary of state, Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said the government has taken action against six Nigerians for trying to scam some American citizens of $6 million.
Pompeo, however, did not disclose the details of the actions taken against the Nigerians and the implications on the US relation with Nigeria.
In a statement, the US secretary of state said the scammers conducted an elaborate online scheme to steal the amount from their victims.
He said the US government will not allow such misuse of technology by scammers to defraud its citizens and will deploy all of the tools at its disposal to defend the interest of American people and businesses.
“Technological advancements that provide greater interconnectivity also offer greater opportunity for exploitation by malicious actors who target at-risk Americans,” Pompeo said in the statement.
“Today, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control took action against six Nigerian nationals, pursuant to Executive Order 13694 as amended, for conducting an elaborate online scheme to steal more than $6 million from victims across the United States.
“The six individuals designated today manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources.
“The U.S. will not tolerate such gross misuse of technology. The United States will use all of the tools at our disposal to defend the American people and businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses,” the statement stated.