US authorities have requested the extradition of suspected cybercrime boss James Aliyu, who was arrested in connection with nearly 196 million rand in connection with alleged love scams and business email compromising scams.
Police confirmed that the investigation originated in the United States, where most of Aliyu’s alleged victims are based.
The 28-year-old Nigerian was arrested by Interpol SA on Wednesday at a luxury property in Sandton, Johannesburg .
Police Spokesman Col Athlenda Mathe said Aliyu is believed to be part of a cybercrime ring involved in phishing, internet fraud and money laundering.
Mathe said the alleged cybercrime that his alleged criminal activity from SA is accused of defrauding dozens of US citizens out of millions of dollars via email and text messages.
His modus operandi was love scams via dating sites. Aliyu would allegedly become romantically involved with his victims and then cheat on them. Most were women.
She said his arrest was the result of a full investigation involving law enforcement agencies from South Africa and the US.
“Just after 10am on Wednesday , 29 The Interpol National Crime Bureau (NCB) in Pretoria, assisted by members of the SAPS Gauteng Highway Patrol Unit, rushed into the plush mansion where they made the arrest,” she said.
Aliyu appeared in the magistrates’ court von Randburg Court on the day of his arrest and the matter has been adjourned to Tuesday.
TimesLIVE reported that Aliyu has been in public circles in South Africa and on Instagram due to his lavish vacations and overspending on luxury items for himself and his girlfriend was known.
< p>According to law enforcement sources, he was arrested after nearly six years of investigation into his alleged activities.
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