July 1, 2022 In Cybercrime, Sandton

Sandton cybercrime kingpin arrested for $12m scamming

Aemilius Cupero News:

His spending came to an end when Interpol agents arrested him at his house situated in a luxury Sandton estate, bringing to an end five years of alleged scamming activity.

According to law enforcement sources, after an almost six-year-long investigation into the alleged scammer’s activities, he was arrested thanks to a multi-agency investigation that included Interpol, the US department of homeland security investigations and the US Secret Service.

Sources claimed Aliyu has allegedly been in contact with several major convicted and suspected fraudsters from around the world and that he is considered a major player.

Among the fleet of luxury vehicles he allegedly bought with the proceeds of fraud were a Porche Cayenne, a Mercedes C220d and a Mercedes-Benz G Class luxury SUV. His social media profiles also depict him on luxury island resorts and luxury holidays in Dubai and the US.

Aliyu is believed to be part of an international syndicate, some of whose members have already been convicted in the US.

Aliyu came into the spotlight in August last year when Sunday World reported that he accused actress Khanyi Mbau’s boyfriend Terrence Kudzai Mushonga of defrauding him in an elaborate luxury R1.2m-vehicle scam.

According to the article Aliyu believed a R720,000 Mercedes and a R500,000 Jaguar which he bought from Mushonga were stolen and hijacked by criminals he claimed had worked for Mushonga.

According to the article, he claimed Mushonga, a Zimbabwean national, approached him and introduced himself as Dick Lefa Nzula from SA. 

Aliyu said Mushonga gave him copies of his SA driver’s licence, smart card ID and vehicle papers, which Sunday World has seen, for the change of ownership and registration of the cars to his name.

Aliyu also told Sunday World the documents he was given for the vehicles were fake.

But according to the article, Mushonga claimed he would not repay Aliyu because the money he received from Aliyu were the “proceeds of crime”.