€1.5m face masks fraud traced to Nigeria by Interpol

Written by on April 16, 2020

The International Criminal Police Organisation has said it uncovered a €1.5m face masks scam that involved Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands with a cut of the money wired to Nigeria.

According to a statement by Interpol Secretary General, Jürgen Stock, emails that comprised of highly sophisticated fraud exchanges.

The global shortage of face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic had made the German authorities to vigorously seek to procure the essential personal protective equipment.

It started in mid-March when German health authorities contracted two sales companies in Zurich and Hamburg to procure EUR 15 million worth of face masks.

They later got an email from one of the contacted companies, explaining that their request cannot be met, unfortunately.

Meanwhile, Stock said the operation has already led to the arrest of two suspects in the Netherlands and more arrests would be made.


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