JAKARTA: The Jakarta Police revealed on Tuesday that two Nigerians and a Cameroonian residing in Jakarta had been arrested and named suspects for orchestrating a scam via email.

The two Nigerians have been identified only as AO aka DV, 37, and ET aka MB, 39, while the Cameroonian was identified as EBMG, aka JPT, 35.

They reportedly sent an email to Mohammad Oda Sugarda in October 2009, claiming he had won US$1 million from Yahoo! Beta and that he needed to transfer more than Rp 460 million ($50,140) for administrative purposes.

After transferring the money and waiting many months for his “prize money”, Oda finally reported the case to the city police in February.

“We have confiscated two laptops, six cell phones, fake documents and certificates, as well as three safe deposit boxes, some of which contain counterfeit US dollar bills,” the police’s cyber crime unit chief, Adj. Sr. Comr. Audie Latuheru, said.

The three suspects have been charged with fraud under the Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law and the Criminal Code. They could face up to six years’ imprisonment and up to Rp 1 billion in fines if found guilty.

The Jakarta Post | Wed, 03/21/2012