2 Nigerians jailed over £19million internet scam

Banmeke: jailed for phising scam

Two young Nigerians based in Manchester, United Kingdom have been punished by a Crown Court for their part in a Nigerian inspired internet banking scam which could have netted a phenomenal £19million after hacking the accounts of nearly 2,500 people.

The Mail Online reported today that Aderoju Bammeke, 22, and his girlfriend Jessica Ogunyemi, 20, both of Manchester, were the UK ‘platform’ for a Nigerian ‘phishing’ scam that made £41,000 in just two months.

The plot, alleged to be masterminded by a gang based in Nigeria, involved sending fake emails to customers of banks including Barclays and Halifax.

According to The Mail report, the emails told recipients that their accounts had been hacked and asked them to complete a form with their log-in details.

Banmeke: jailed for phising scam
Banmeke: jailed for phising scam

“But when victims obliged, Bammeke stepped in and helped the gang log in to steal money.

“Fashion marketing student Ogunyemi, his girlfriend at the time, helped him launder the proceeds by putting funds in accounts, hiding cash and allowing him to buy her a £2,400 Vauxhall Corsa.

Jessica Ogunyemi, marketing student gets suspended sentence
Jessica Ogunyemi, marketing student gets suspended sentence

“Bammeke has now been jailed for three-and-a-half years at Manchester Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to commit fraud and unauthorised computer use.

“Ogunyemi admitted five counts of money laundering and was given a suspended prison sentence.

“Investigators found evidence of the scam on seven devices at Bammeke’s home, which had accessed 181 accounts from his address.

“But Barclays found 2,439 customers had been affected and investigators say the true scale of the fraud will never be known.
“Bammeke admitted he had been involved in the scam for more than a year. He played a ‘key role’ as England’s ‘platform’ for the scam, the court heard.
“He said if the gang had tried to log into accounts from Nigeria it would have triggered the banks’ alarm systems.
“Simon Nichol, defending Bammeke, said he felt regret and remorse for his actions.
“He said his involvement – which began in an effort to tackle student debt – was ‘sporadic’ and although the scam was large scale with international dimensions, Bammeke’s part was not.
“He added: ‘They needed a platform in this jurisdiction and they needed someone to provide that platform. He allowed them to use his computer remotely. He expresses further regret that he got his girlfriend involved in this.’
“Michael Lavery, defending Ogunyemi, said she had brought shame on her family, including her train driver father and mother who works for Manchester council.
“He said she had been ‘naive’, was predicted to get a first in her degree and was no longer in a relationship with Bammeke.
“Bammeke had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to conspiracy to commit fraud and unauthorised computer use while Ogunyemi admitted five counts of money laundering.
“Sentencing Bammeke, Judge Recorder Gibson said: ‘This in my opinion was a sophisticated fraud, a clever fraud and a fraud which could very easily have resulted in very much more substantial money being stolen.’
“He jailed Ogunyemi for a year, suspended for two years, and ordered her to complete 180 hours’ unpaid work.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2519854/Couple-took-Nigerian-gangs-internet-banking-plot-steal-19million-phishing-scam-jailed.html#ixzz2mrlSf6w4

24 COMMENTS

  1. You see the British People and discrimination. The Boy is a German National while the girl is British and the Court, Police and the newspaper are claiming they are Nigerians

    It is the responsibility of Nigeria Government to quickly refute this

  2. They are UK citizens, believe they learned everything over there and looked for partners from Nigeria cos they know that many Nigeria youths are jobless. The idea originated from the one in UK.

  3. You all are missing the point. The issue has nothing to do with the tribes or regions. The issues has to do with the Nigerians leaders. The youths follow the leaders and what types of leaders do we have in Nigeria? Looters, thieves, 419 scammers and so on. Leaderships and parents are the issue here

  4. hmmmmm…..de word is turning 2 smthing else, c hw dis young guyz dangled wit deir future bcoz of fast money…wht did 1psalm say..dat blessed or happy is d man d at walks or lives nt in d counsel of d ungodly. no dey hav brough shame nt
    only 2deir family but also 2 deir generation……hmmmm God help dem oooo

  5. Internet scam has gone viral in nigeria virtually most of the youth are involve, the up coming once re even more interested. They take it as avenue to live luxury live. Real, it increases every minute. I foreseen it as one of the biggest challenge nigeria we be facing in a shorter time. So all hands must be on desk to stop this treed. Every religion organs shuld take a bold step to tell their followers of the consequences of dis treed, the govt hav to create more job cos idleness is one of the cause. Parent especially shd always checkmate their lad, to ascertain what they are doing with there free time.

  6. Now we can all see why Nigerians are being discriminated against everywhere!
    We need to launder our image properly on all fronts in order to change the perception that the others have to the effect that an average Nigerian is a criminal until proven otherwise. It is usually the other way round in the case of the other African nationals, i.e, they are perceived as innocent until proven otherwise.

  7. PEOPLE WHO FALL FOR STUPID SCAM SHOULD SHARE PART OF THE BLAME. I GET MAIL LIKE THIS EVERY TIME CONCERNING MY ACCOUNT IN MY BANK AND IN BANKS I DON’T EVEN HAVE ACCOUNT WITH. IF ANYONE WHO GETS A MAIL LIKE THIS WILL TAKE THEIR TIME AND STUDY THE ADDRESS WHERE THE MAIL CAME FROM, IT IS USUALLY OBVIOUS TO KNOW IT IS FRAUD. I LAUGH AT MAIL LIKE THIS WHEN THEY ARE TELLING ME ABOUT MY ACCOUNT IN DIAMOND BANK WHEN I KNOW I DO NOT HAVE ACCOUNT IN DIAMOND BANK.

  8. That guy is a genius and the girl a gene. is not easy to hack an account. if it is, let the judge or you try it without negative intentions but just proving an ability. they should have be given automatic employment in the scam department if there is. of course, there should be. is it because they are Nigerians?

  9. This idea of transacting business online has made many people daft and intellectually lazy! How could someone respond to a request that his/her account has been hacked and so would need to remedy it? How did the sender of the message know the account has been hacked? What this implies is that the sender of the message knew ab initio the contents and security matters regarding this account! And if your account has any problem you have to go PHYSICALLY to that bank and amend the problem! People are becoming very daft! Some people have been sending this kind of idiotic messages using Yahoo as background!

  10. Good the world is knowing who the criminals are in Nigeria. Igbos and Yorubas will do whatever for money, and after being caught they will start looking innocent by making some soft talk. These people are in all crimes that are going on in NIgeria, and by all i mean ALL troubles. I just dont know what they want.

  11. These people are not Nigerians, but they are UK citizens. The father a train driver and the mother a Council worker in UK. Please leave Nigeria out of this. You never appreciated Nigeria for all the goods their parents put in developing the UK.

  12. @ Rommel, No. Yorubas are the master Scammers and Credit Card thieves while Igbos are Armed Robbers, Money Rituals, Drug Trafficking and Kidnappers.. They learned 419 from Yorubas and their area of expertise is come-and-carry, or wash-wash or Money doubler.

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