Four Nigerian nationals and a Cambodian woman have been arrested in Phnom Penh over alleged scam and money laundering.

The operation was led by lieutenant Neth Savoeun, the police chief and Lieutenant Dy Vichea, the director of the national security department, and Lieutenant Sean Sen, the director of the cybercrime department.

Confirming the arrest on Friday, September 18, lieutenant Savoeun, said that the police received information of a fraud operation and abnormal money transfer from the USA to banks in Cambodia on September 16.

The relevant officers immediately launched an investigation which led to the arrest of the Nigerian men and their female accomplice. 

According to report, the suspects ‘convinced’ some Cambodian citizens to open bank accounts for them which they use for money transfer. 


  1. Given the damaging financial and reputational effects of fraud and money laundering, it is important for financial institutions to be able to coordinate their anti-money laundering and anti-fraud responsibilities effectively to both prevent criminal activity and protect themselves against regulatory consequences. Also, people should be very vigilant, and conduct their business with sensitivity to avoid being scammed. Every vital information about oneself should not be shared with strangers.

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