The United States government has sanctioned some Nigerians over $6million cyber fraud against its citizens.
US Secretary of State, Micheal Pompeo in a statement published on the department of state’s website on Tuesday said the victims were defrauded through the use of sensitive information and financial resources derived by manipulative means which will not be tolerated.
The Nigerians listed were identified as Benson Orson, Kayode Abiola, Ogunshakin Alex, Okpoh Felix, Olorunyomi Micheal, Uzuh Richard.
Their names were also included in Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) specially designated nationals list, under the section of “cyber-related designation”.
According to the statement, the six Nigerians manipulated their victims to gain access to their sensitive information and financial resources.
He added that the US will henceforth not tolerate such gross misuse of technology and will use all of the tools at their disposal to defend the American citizens and businesses from malign actors that seek to target them, including cyber-enabled actors who prey on vulnerable Americans and businesses,” the statement added.