A Nigerian Instagram star who boasted online about his lavish lifestyle of private jets, designer clothes and luxury cars has been busted in a $431 million cyber scam, according to a report.
Raymond Abbas, known as Hushpuppi to his 2.4 million followers, was nabbed earlier this month in Dubai for an alleged scheme that involved ripping off credit card information overseas, The Times of UK reported.
“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,” Dubai Police Brigadier Jamal al-Jalaf said.
Investigators said Abbas, 38, who passed himself off as a wealthy real estate developer, flaunted his collections of luxury cars, shoes, watches and other goods to help “lure victims from all over the world,” the outlet reported.
The FBI and Interpol raided his Dubai apartment as he slept and seized more than £30 million, or $37 million, in cash, the report said.
He and at least a dozen other associates were busted in the international operation, code named Fox Hunt 2, after detectives used their social media to track their locations, the outlet reported.
During the raids, investigators uncovered email addresses of nearly two million victims on dozens of phones, computers and hard drives, the report said.
Abbas, who once posted a video of himself tossing $100 bills as confetti, has also been accused of fraud in Europe, America and Nigeria, according to the report.
His high-flying lifestyle has previously come under scrutiny with some questioning his claims he reinvented himself from secondhand trader to a billionaire property developer.
Of his extravagant purchases on social media, Abbas once told followers, “I post a few of these things so that someone can see my page someday and decide not to give up.”
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