$5m Scam: FBI Offers $1000 To Whistleblower On Wanted Nigerian (Photos)

$5m Scam: FBI Offers $1000 To Whistleblower On Wanted Nigerian 

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has offered a
paltry $1000 reward to whistleblowers who can offer information to
arrest a Nigerian New Yorker, 32 year-old Kelechi Declan James.

The agency has declared Kelechi wanted for allegedly scamming victims of more than $5 million.

statement on FBI website reads: “FBI agents are looking for the
public’s assistance in locating Kelechi Declan James. He has federal
criminal charges against him from an investigation by FBI New York’s
Cyber Crime Task Force.”

“James is known to frequent the
Brooklyn neighbourhoods of East New York (Crescent Street and Loring
Avenue; Vermont Street between Blake Avenue and Dumont Avenue),
Brownsville, Bedford-Stuyvesant (MacDougal and Hull Streets), Crown
Heights (Park Place and Utica Avenue), Flatbush (E 29th and Avenue D),
and East Flatbush (East 51st and Winthrop Street). The FBI is offering a
$1,000 reward for information that leads to his arrest.

is 32 years old, 6’0” tall, and approximately 175 pounds. He is a
Nigerian national, has brown eyes and black hair, and may have a beard.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of James is urged to
contact law enforcement immediately. The FBI can be reached 24 hours a
day at (212) 384-1000. He is not considered to be violent in nature.

alleged in a complaint sworn out of the U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of New York, James, along with four other
co-conspirators, ran a business e-mail compromise scheme that resulted
victim losses of more than $5 million for their victims.

“As part
of scheme, James and his co-conspirators defrauded victims across the
U.S. by tricking them into wiring money to bank accounts the victims
believed were owned by family members, friends, or business associates.
They did this in two ways: by overtaking an e-mail account of an
individual trusted by the victim and then requesting money be wired to a
bank account; or by developing a relationship of trust with victim like
an Internet romance and then asking the victim to wire money.

soon as the money was wired, it would be moved from one account to
another, and the funds would be withdrawn. James’s role in this scheme
was to withdraw the money from bank accounts.”