The individuals were among 20 individuals who were arrested in South Africa, Canada, California, Georgia, Indiana, New York, South Carolina and Wisconsin on charges stemming from cyber and mass marketing fraud schemes.
The eleven people were arrested during a joint operation between the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), SAPS Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, South Africa’s Crime Intelligence, Interpol, the South Africa Tactical response Team and the Department of Home Affairs.
HSI special agents had followed a financial fraud scam to Sunnyside in Pretoria, according to a statement by the police and US Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday.
The individuals are allegedly linked to a West African transnational organised crime enterprise, involving numerous complex financial fraud schemes over the internet. The mass marketing fraud includes romance scams, reshipping scams, fraudulent check scams, work-at-home scams, along with bank, financial and credit card account takeovers.