Since March 2017, Cameroonian justice has been kidnapped by 602 suspected cybercriminals involved in a massive scam through the Facebook social network.
At the moment, 90 people have already been arrested, mainly in the cities of Douala, Yaoundé, Bamenda, Buea and Kumba, and their trial is ongoing.
This vast network has been exposed by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). In March 2017, an FBI delegation traveled to Yaoundé to hand over to the authorities a list of 602 Cameroonians who specialize in the Internet scam via social platform.
All in all, these alleged cybercriminals have dubbed their victims of an estimate of four billion CFA francs, said the FBI officials. Most of the victims are Americans and the French.
The Kalara newspaper reported that some of the suspects who pleaded “guilty” explained that they used false Facebook profiles that were supposed to belong to white people to sell items such as clothing, Work of art, pets,
Etc.) whose prices ranged between 30 and 150 euros. Once a “customer” was interested, they asked him to pay the purchase fee as well as the shipping charge via Visa or MasterCard. Victims had to buy prepaid Visa cards or MasterCard tickets, scratch them and transfer the codes to the scammers via Facebook or via phone. This enabled them to make withdrawals from ATMs in Cameroon.
On the other hand, other persons arraigned pleaded “not guilty”, explaining that if they were involved in this trial, it was by a contingency contest that played against them and led to confusion.