Australian Police Charge Nigerian Man Who Ran Multi-Million Dollar Email Scam from Immigration Detention Center

Australian police have charged a man they say was running a multi-million dollar email scam from inside an immigration detention centre in Sydney.

The Nigerian man, 43, headed a fraud ring which sent fake messages that claimed to be from trusted companies, according to New South Wales Police.

Three other people were charged over the alleged crimes, which included identity theft and romance scams.

The alleged ring netted more than A$3m (£1.6; $2.2m), authorities said.

The money had been transferred to unknown recipients in Nigeria and was unlikely to be recovered, said Supt Arthur Katsogiannis.

The scam was allegedly run through 16 phones and 17 SIM cards out of Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

A man, 20, and two women, 20 and 36, were arrested elsewhere in Sydney.

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SOURCE: BBC News