U.S. charges Nigerian with role in cyber scam targeting thousands

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Nigerian man is facing U.S. charges that he participated in scams targeting thousands of victims globally in which company executives or vendors were impersonated in emails directing employees to make large wire transfers. David Chukwuneke Adindu, 29, pleaded not guilty in Manhattan federal court on Wednesday to charges including wire fraud, prosecutors said, more than three weeks after the FBI said he was arrested at a Houston airport. The case was the latest example of a growing type of cyber scam called a “business email compromise,” in which fraudsters target businesses that work with foreign suppliers or regularly perform wire transfers.

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