Aussie Cons Nigerian Cybercrime Gang Out of $33,000
An Australian woman working for what turned out to be a gang of Nigerian cybercriminals turned the tables on her employers, defrauding them of more than $30,000.
In March 2010, Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey worked as an agent for what she believed was an Internet car sales company. Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was responsible for providing her bosses with an Australian bank account through which they could funnel their profits, The Courier-Mail reported.
The Brisbane-based field agent was told she could keep 8 percent of all the money from the fraudulent car sales, but that she had to forward the rest to her Nigeria-based employers.
The Nigerian cybercrime gang didn't count on its agent being as dishonest as she was. Instead of taking her share of the cash, Cochrane-Ramsey kept the sum of the two payments she received, and spent the bulk of the $33,350 on herself.
In a Brisbane court last week, Cochrane-Ramsey pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated fraud. She was released on bail and will be sentenced in March.