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FBI thanks UAE, Dubai Police for arresting, extraditing cybercriminals 'Hushpuppi', 'Woodberry'

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on July 2, 2020
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Law enforcement agencies foiled a Dh1.6 billion online fraud bid.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has officially thanked the UAE and Dubai police for their exceptional efforts and cooperation in the arrest of Raymond Abbas, known as 'Hushpuppi', and Olalekan Jacob Ponle 'Woodberry' in operation 'Fox Hunt 2'

Director FBI, Christopher Wray, praised the exceptional efforts of UAE and Dubai Police in combating transnational organised cybercrime.

Wray thanked the Dubai Police for their cooperation in extraditing the wanted criminals.

'Operation Fox Hunt 2'

Recently, the Dubai Police arrested the two wanted fraudsters, 'Hushpuppi' and 'Woodberry' along with ten other African cybercriminals in a special operation dubbed 'Fox Hunt 2'.

The operation took down the suspects for committing crimes outside the UAE, including money-laundering, cyber fraud, hacking, criminal impersonating, scamming individuals, banking fraud and identity theft.

The suspects were caught in a series of synchronised raids by six SWAT teams from Dubai Police, who foiled the gang's bid to deceive many people from around the world and steal their money.

The director of Dubai CID, Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf said the raid resulted in confiscating incriminating documents of a planned fraud on a global scale worth Dh 1.6 billion ($435 million).

"The team also seized more than Dh150 million ($40.9 million) in cash, 13 luxury cars with an estimated value of Dh25 million ($6.8 million) obtained from fraud crimes, and confiscated 21 computer devices, 47 smartphones, 15 memory sticks, five hard disks containing 119,580 fraud files as well as addresses of 1,926,400 victims", he said.

After conducting further investigations and analysing confiscated electronic devices, Dubai Police investigators uncovered sensitive information mined by the suspects on individuals and companies overseas including bank accounts and fake credit cards as well as documents and files condemning the gangs' illegal activities.


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