TANGERANG, KOMPAS.COM – Indonesian Police at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, arrested a con man pretending to be a customs officer.
Investigators later found that the man, who was identified as EP, is one of two Indonesian men involved in an online scam through social media that was run by three Nigerian citizens.
“Investigators captured the three Nigerian nationals, whom we identified as IAI, ACN and CJU, as well as their Indonesian accomplices LRD and EP, at separate times and locations,” said Jakarta Metropolitan Police spokesman Chief Police Inspector Yusri Yunus on Thursday, December 17.
“The mastermind of the ring, a Nigerian national identified as ‘I’, is still at large.” Yusri added that ‘I’ carefully designated a task to each member of the group. “’I’ would search for a victim to scam on Facebook, then give their name to ACN,” he added.
“ACN in turn gave the victims’ data to CJU, who would then deal with the victim differently. If the victim was a man, he would propose going into business with them; if it were a woman, he would try to seduce them.”
Yusri said that LRD and EP played support roles in the scam. He did not say disclose the gang's proceeds from their crimes.
“LRD would use his ID to open multiple bank accounts where the gang could put the proceeds of their scheme, EP would pretend to be a customs officer to talk their victim into transferring the money to their bank account.” he said.
Yusri pointed out that the ring was undone over a sum of Rp. 17 million [$1,206.87].
“Taking on the identity of a ‘Carlos Sanchez’, CJU talked his victim, who was identified as RF, into transferring Rp. 17 million as a clearance fee to recover $300,000 that was being held by customs,” he said.
“CJU assured RF that he will be reimbursed on their next meeting, after he got in touch with a customs officer who is none other than EP. But RF got suspicious when CJU did not show up during their next meeting, prompting him to report the scam to the police.”
Yusri added that the men would be charged under Indonesia’s Electronic Information and Transaction law for identity theft, misuse of information data, and illegal electronic transactions.
If found guilty, they face up to six years in jail and a Rp. 1 billion [$71,027.30] fine.
(Writer: Muhammad Naufal | Editor : Egidius Patnistik)
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