A Nigerian Instagram celebrity Raymond Abbas, was busted while asleep in his luxury home in Dubai for his alleged lead role in a $450 million cyber-scam
Abbas, 38, popularly called Hushpuppi, displayed his exotic lifestyle on his instagram page of 2.4 million followers, including private right up until the FBI stormed his apartment in Dubai while he was sleeping.
His Instagram consists of pages of him posing all over the world with luxury bags, a fleet of Rolls Royce’s, private jets, helicopters, yachts, posh watches and taking it easy in five star hotels.
Investigators say they seized more than $45 million in cash from the con artist who used Instagram to “lure victims from all over the world”.
Twelve other people were reportedly arrested in raids for their alleged involvement in the global cyberscam.
Investigators said they found email addresses of two million victims on several phones and computers seized during the operation.
The June 10 raid also netted luxury cars and suitcases full of cash after two months of investigating the gang.
Brigadier Jamal al-Jalaf, of Dubai Police CID, told The Times:
“The suspects targeted victims overseas by creating fake websites for well-known companies and banks in a bid to steal victims’ credit card information and then launder the stolen money.”
Mr Abbas started out as a secondhand-clothes trader in Lagos before claiming to be a billionaire property developer in Dubai.
It is not clear if he actually did any real estate development.
He told his 2.4million followers that he posts about his luxury life to inspire others to make more of their lives.
“I post a few of these things so that someone can see my page someday and decide not to give up,” he said.
A video was uploaded by Dubai police of Mr Abbas looking startled and in handcuffs after his arrest.
Watch the video below
Dubai Police Thursday said it extradited Hushpuppi, to the United States.
Also extradited was Olalekan Jacob Ponle popularly known as Woodbery, according to the report.
Both men were arrested for defrauding over 1.9 million people, majority of them, reports say, were Americans.
Mr Abbas has not yet commented on the allegations.
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