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Nigerian Man Sentenced To Three Years In Prison For Email Phishing Scam

22/05/2015 12:42 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 12:59 BST
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A Nigerian man behind a million-dollar phishing scam has been sentenced to 36 months in prison, the FBI has announced.

The scam used fraudulent emails to gain private information from US government employees, allowing Abiodun Adejohn to con vendors out of $1million of office supplies. The hackers would use government email addresses to order printer toner cartridges, which they would then send to Nigeria to be sold on the black market.

In addition to three years in prison, Adejohn was also handed a three year stint of supervised release and ordered to pay $630,806.48 in restitution.

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