The New York Cyber Crime Taskforce of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a reward of $1,000 for any information that can lead to the arrest of Nigerian Kelechi Declan James.
James is wanted for allegedly running an e-mail scam that defrauded businesses and individuals in the US to the tune of US$5 million.
Kelechi Declan James | FBI
"James is wanted on federal criminal charges relating to a fraudulent e-mail scheme that resulted in victim losses of more than US$5 million", a statement from the FBI indicated.
The charges from the US District Court for the Southern District of New York allege that Kelechi and four associates tricked people across the US into wiring them money to various bank accounts which the defrauded victims believed were owned by their family members, friends, or business associates to the sum of US$5 million.
These charges were filed following an investigation by the FBI's New York’s Cyber Crime Task Force.
The FBI explained that the scam involved overtaking an e-mail account of an individual trusted by the victim and then requesting money be wired to a bank account; or using another method where they would develop a relationship of trust with a person they are looking to defraud and then asking the victim to wire money.
As soon as the money was wired, it would be moved from one account to another, and the funds would then be withdrawn by James.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of James is urged to contact law enforcement immediately.