A Nigerian scammer is currently under investigation for allegedly plotting a "mega scam" while behind bars at a maximum-security prison, the BBC reports. The scam was worth at least $1 million.
Hope Olusegun Aroke, who was arrested in 2012 and is currently serving a 24-year prison sentence, was able to pull off the scam by using a "network of accomplices," the outlet reports. According to a preliminary investigation conducted by Nigeria's Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Aroke somehow still was able to access the internet and his phone, which allowed him to mastermind the fraud.
They also discovered that he was admitted to the Nigeria Police Hospital, where he was able to "leave the facility to stay in hotels, meet with his wife and children, and attend social functions."
While he was imprisoned, Aroke went by Akinwunmi Sorinmade, a fake name he used to open up bank accounts and purchase fancy cars and homes. He was "in possession of his wife's bank account token in prison, which he used to freely transfer funds," according to the BBC.
Back in 2012, the EFCC said that Aroke was the "arrowhead of an intricate web of internet fraud schemes that traverse two continents," after he was arrested. He's not new to this, he's true to this.
Before you laugh, make sure you don't get scammed yourself. Shaggy recently warned his fans that a scammer is out there impersonating him in an effort to get some quick cash.
"They are not from me nor do they represent me in any way," Shaggy wrote on Instagram in October. "It saddens me that this has become our reality and that innocent people are being dragged into this ridiculousness."