Dubai Police confiscate N16bn, 13 luxury cars, 47 smart phones from Hushpuppi & his gang

The police authorities in Dubai on Thursday released a video of how Nigerian Instagram celebrity Hushpuppi, was busted in a special operation on allegations of cyber-fraud involving huge money.

Hushpuppi, whose real name is Raymond Igbalode Abbas, was arrested on June 10, alongside his gang of 11 other Africans, including Olalekan Jacob Ponle, better known as Woodbery.

The suspects were arrested for alleged crimes committed outside the United Arab Emirates (UAE), including money laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, impersonation, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft worth Dh1.6 billion (an estimated N168 billion).

According to the United Arab Emirates police in the video detailing how the criminal gang were arrested, the syndicate had targeted a total of 1,926,400 victims over several months.
The police further revealed that they have confiscated N16bn cash, 13 luxury cars and 47 smartphones from Hushpuppi and his gang whose mode of operation was to create websites that looked identical to that of registered established companies and banks to defraud people.

It was alleged that the 13 luxury cars confiscated from him are estimated to be worth over N2.6bn while Hushpuppi is known to pose as a real estate investor and businessman to create a false impression.

The police revealed further that the operation dubbed Fox Hunt 2 following the earlier busting of an African cybercrime gang running a similar scam in February 2019 where $8.7m was stolen from victims, uncovered the email addresses of 800,000 potential victims.

Hushpuppi is known to display his luxurious lifestyle on social media to the delight of his over 2 million followers.

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