A South Africa-based Nigerian big boy, James Aliyu, has been arrested by the International Criminal Police Organization, popularly known as Interpol, over alleged $12 million fraud.

He was nabbed in his luxury Sandton estate on Wednesday, June 29, in connection with almost R196m in alleged romance scamming and business email compromise fraud, TimesLive reports.


The suspect who appeared in the Randburg magistrate’s court shortly after his arrest, is well known in SA social circles and on Instagram thanks to his lavish holidays and excessive spending on luxury items for him and his girlfriend.

According to law enforcement sources, after an almost six-year-long investigation into the alleged scammer’s activities, he was arrested thanks to a multi-agency investigation that included Interpol, the US department of homeland security investigations and the US Secret Service.



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