Cyber Investigative Unit made a significant stride in curbing cyber-related offenses by capturing a notorious scammer in Sierra Leone. This culprit was identified as Joseph Koroma, known by various aliases such as Josie Mourino, Josie, Daddy, and Abdulai.

The Deputy Minister of Local Government, Mr. Alfred Jamiru, alongside concerned citizens, reported a series of cyber-related crimes involving impersonation, identity theft, online scams, cyberstalking, and bullying. The criminal utilized an Orange SIM card with the number 073-534308, leveraging the Deputy Minister’s photo on social media, primarily WhatsApp, to deceive individuals and extort substantial sums of money.

The Cyber Investigative Unit, equipped with technological tools and services, successfully tracked down the suspect to Maforki Section in old Port Loko. On October 21, 2023, an operation was conducted where the suspect was observed leaving a residence on a black motorbike. Subsequently, upon the arrival of the Operations Team at the suspect’s location, he attempted to flee but was apprehended by law enforcement personnel approximately 500 meters away.

Joseph Koroma, a 31-year-old from Ronneta Village in the Tonkolili District, possessed a WASSCE education level. His criminal history included a previous conviction, having served time at Pademba Road Prison, where he reportedly acquired knowledge in fraudulent activities.

He was involved in fraudulent endeavors for over five years after his release, utilizing the likenesses of prominent figures, including the Inspector General of Police, Ministers, and business-minded citizens, to solicit funds through Orange Money. The Cyber team is actively pursuing his associated co-fraudsters involved in similar schemes.

Following his arrest, Koroma and his wife were taken into custody at the Port Loko Divisional Headquarters. The suspect remains in police custody at the Criminal Investigations Department pending ongoing investigations.

This apprehension marks a significant step in addressing cybercrimes and fraudulent activities plaguing the Republic of Sierra Leone, with continued efforts to dismantle associated syndicates engaged in such unlawful activities.