The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has
declared a Nigerian national, Kelechi James wanted
for alleged emails scam.
The American agency made this disclosure in a
statement by its New York office on Sunday.
According to the statement, James alongside four
other co-conspirators ran a business e-mail
compromise scheme, which made a victim losing
more than $5 million.
The FBI also offered a $1,000 reward for
information that could lead to his arrest.
“FBI agents are looking for the public’s assistance
in locating Kelechi Declan James. He has federal
criminal charges against him from an investigation
by FBI New York’s Cyber Crime Task Force,” the
“James is known to frequent the Brooklyn
neighborhoods of East New York (Crescent Street
and Loring Avenue; Vermont Street between Blake
Avenue and Dumont Avenue), Brownsville, Bedford-
Stuyvesant (MacDougal and Hull Streets), Crown
Heights (Park Place and Utica Avenue), Flatbush (E
29th and Avenue D), and East Flatbush (East 51st
and Winthrop Street). The FBI is offering a $1,000
reward for information that leads to his arrest.
“James is 32 years old, 6’0″ tall, and
approximately 175 pounds. He is a Nigerian
national, has brown eyes and black hair, and may
have a beard. Anyone with information as to the
whereabouts of James is urged to contact law
enforcement immediately. The FBI can be reached
24 hours a day at (212) 384-1000.
He is not
considered to be violent in nature.
“As alleged in a complaint sworn out of the U.S.
District Court for the Southern District of New York,
James, along with four other co-conspirators, ran a
business e-mail compromise scheme that resulted
victim losses of more than $5 million for their
“As part of scheme, James and his co-conspirators
defrauded victims across the U.S. by tricking them
into wiring money to bank accounts the victims
believed were owned by family members, friends,
or business associates.
“They did this in two ways: by overtaking an e-mail
account of an individual trusted by the victim and
then requesting money be wired to a bank account;
or by developing a relationship of trust with victim
like an Internet romance and then asking the victim
to wire money. As soon as the money was wired,
would be moved from one account to another, and
the funds would be withdrawn. James’s role in this
scheme was to withdraw the money from bank