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KUWAIT CITY: Two members of an international money laundering and fraud network have been arrested by specialized unit from the Interior Ministry, says Al- Seyassah daily. Public Relations and Security Media Department stated the first suspect holds South African passport, and the second suspect who is a Nigerian had been sentenced in absentia to 10 years imprisonment by the Criminal Court in a different case.
Apparently, the suspects contacted citizens and expatriates via social media and eventually duped their victims by luring them to transfer money using different alibis. Report added that similar networks in their illicit activities fill out fake shipping documents with pen to deceive their victims about millions of dollars they’re expecting from specific countries.
It noted many citizens and expatriates have become victims to international criminal networks in different ways, especially through advancefee scam that typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum in return for a small upfront payment.
They also engage in the ‘black money scam’ where con men attempt to fraudulently obtain money from their victims by persuading them that piles of bank-note sized paper in a trunk or safe are actually currency notes that have been dyed to avoid detection by authorities. The victim is then persuaded to purchase chemicals to remove the dye with a promise of a share in proceeds.
General Department of Public Relations and Security Media Department extended appreciation to citizens and expatriates for cooperating with security authorities by providing valuable information that led to arrest of the criminals.