The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has uncovered new evidence to support its case against a suspected Nigerian fraudster Ramon Abbas alias Hushpuppi.
The evidence was submitted in an affidavit filed on September 14 with the United States District Court, Central District of California, by Andrew Innocenti of the FBI, a specialist in cyber-enabled fraud and business email compromise (BEC) schemes.
The documents supported a previous affidavit 1 of Case No 2:20-mj02992 and an arrest warrant for Hushpuppi for “violation of 18 U.S.C. § l956(h) (conspiracy to Engage in Money Laundering).”
The FBI, in the documents, accused Hushpuppi using a personal email to register on Whizzlog, a web marketplace for buying US bank logs.
Part of the documents read: “In reviewing data from ABASS email address (firstname.lastname@example.org), I found ABBAS registered on a website whizzlog.com(‘whizzlog’) which is a market place for buying US Banklogs and money laundering.
“Based on my training and experiences, Cyber criminals refer to bank account login details as bank logs or logs. These details can be purchase on the darkweb or some secret websites only known in cybercriminal circles. The website ABBAS registered with and used is called Whizzlog.com.
“Sophisticated cybercriminal do not use their personal email address in registering on such websites. ABBAS used his personal email to register on the site just like he used his personal email address for other criminal activities and schemes.
“ABBAS email address contained registration confirmation from Whizzlog. It also contained numerous confirmation and receipts of bank logs he purchased.
“One of such messages read, ‘Your order was successful. You have purchased (name of the financial institution) bank log with a balance of $9,839,44. Purchase Price: $955. Login to your whizzlog account to view.’
“From the example above, I observed ABBAS buys a log with balance of over $9,000 for as low as $900.”
Hushpuppi is facing multiple charges of hacking, impersonation, scamming, banking fraud and identity theft.