Nigeria and the United States arrested nearly three hundred internet scammers during a month-long operation. Both countries believe that they have rolled up various internationally operating gangs that are trying to steal people on a large scale through phishing money.
According to the US Department of Justice, these scam practices originated in Nigeria and have spread throughout the world.
It is estimated that in this way around 1.3 billion were stolen worldwide in 2018, a doubling of the previous year.
Most scammers, 167 people, have been arrested in Nigeria. In the US, 74 people, many of whom are Nigerian nationals, have been arrested. Arrests have also been made in Turkey, Ghana, France, Japan, Malaysia, Great Britain and Kenya. A total of 3.7 million euros in money has been seized.