Nigerian man uses 16 phones to scam people of N1bn in Australian detention centre

Oluwafemis’ arrest came after three other alleged syndicate members were also apprehended by the police.

An alleged Nigerian scammer Fisayo Oluwafemi has landed in police net in Australia.

Oluwafemi’s victims were defrauded of almost $3 million (about N1 billion), reports say.

Police say he was the kingpin of a four-person strong crime syndicate that has defrauded various small business owners, identity theft victims and would-be lovers since the start of the year.

He was allegedly scamming his victims by sending emails, stealing identities and fraudulently selling products inside Sydney’s Villawood Detention Centre through 16 mobile phones.

The 43-year-old was arrested on Thursday.

His arrest came after three other alleged syndicate members were apprehended by police under Strike Force Woolana.

One 36-year-old woman, Harriette Bangura, was also arrested last Tuesday and charged for allegedly laundering $500,000 through fraudulent business emails.

Australian Border Force detention operations commander, Bill Ries, said the incident proved detainees should not be allowed access to mobile phones.

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