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Cybercrime Crackdown: BCLCC Halts Operations of Three Suspected Cyber Scammers!

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The Cybercrime Combat Brigade (BCLCC) has successfully put an end to the activities of three (03) suspected cyber scammers, all specializing in identity theft and fraud through information and communication technologies (ICT).

Z.L, a 21-year-old student residing in Manga, operated solo, creating three fake Facebook profiles: “Hatias Baguian,” “NRN Mobile,” and “IB Mobile Baguian.” His modus operandi involved attracting internet users interested in purchasing smartwatches, mobile phones, computers, and related accessories. Through these fake accounts, he posted photos of items at attractive prices. Once a customer expressed interest, the cyber scammer quickly redirected them to his WhatsApp account to discuss details related to the type, quality, and price of the desired item.

After agreeing on the price, Z.L requested payment via mobile payment solutions, assuring the victim that the package would be delivered by a transport company from his place of residence. After receiving payment, the presumed cyber scammer swiftly transferred the funds to another number, evading attempts to block the transaction by the victim.

As for the duo, S.R and D.V, both musicians residing in Ouagadougou, they used fake Facebook profiles such as “Mini Frigo,” “Lompo Ganjoa,” “Jean Congo,” “Power NG,” and “Firmin Bagnan (Romain)” to offer household appliances (refrigerators, gas stoves, gas bottles, etc.) to their victims. For payment and order delivery, the network of presumed cyber scammers used a modus operandi similar to that of Z.L.

Arrested and questioned at the BCLCC headquarters, the three (03) presumed perpetrators confessed to the charges against them.

The financial loss associated with these criminal activities is estimated at over five million (5,000,000) CFA francs.

At the end of the investigation, they were brought before the Prosecutor of Faso at the Ouaga I High Court to answer for the charges against them.

BCLCC takes this opportunity to caution Burkinabe internet users about online purchases, recommending prioritizing cash-on-delivery payments, especially during these festive periods. It also encourages all potentially affected individuals by the activities of the mentioned profiles to come forward and file their complaints at its headquarters.

BCLCC expresses gratitude to the Central Police Station of the city of Manga for their collaboration.

Conclusion: Your digital security is our priority, and together, we strive to create a safer online environment. Stay vigilant, report suspicious activities, and let’s build a resilient cyber community! As we embrace the digital age, remember that awareness and collaboration are our strongest defenses against cyber threats. Let’s continue to share knowledge, foster cybersecurity education, and promote responsible online practices. Your partnership is crucial in our mission to combat cybercrime and protect the online landscape for everyone.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.

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