100 people arrested over internet frauds targeting foreigners in Cameroon

About 100 people have been arrested in Cameroon since March for being involved in an alleged internet scam to defraud foreigners, police have told the BBC French service’s Frederic Takang.

The arrests came after the FBI shared with Cameroon’s authorities a list of 602 people suspected of defrauding 2,700 people, mainly based in the US and France, of about $7m (£5.3m), local media reported.

Some of the accused pleaded guilty after appearing in court last week, while others denied the charge, the reports said.

The suspects are accused of taking payment for traditional Cameroonian outfits which they failed to deliver, and of hacking into cash cards.

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