AN INSTAGRAM star who lived the high life in Dubai while conning millions of people has been brought crashing down by the FBI.
Nigerian influencer Raymond Abbas, 38, was nicked for his alleged major role in a £350million cyber-scam while asleep in his luxury home in Dubai.
Abbas peppered his instagram with his life of private jets and immense wealth right up until the FBI stormed his apartment while he was sleeping.
His Instagram consists of pages of him posing all over the world with luxury bags, a fleet of Rolls Royce’s, private jets, helicopters, yachts, posh watches and taking it easy in five star hotels.
Investigators say they seized more than £30million in cash from the con artist who used Instagram to “lure victims from all over the world”.
Twelve other people were arrested in raids for their alleged involvement in the global cyberscam.
Investigators reportedly found the email addresses of two million victims on several phones and computers seized during the operation.
The June 10 raid also netted luxury cars and suitcases full of cash after two months of investigating the gang.
Brigadier Jamal al-Jalaf, of Dubai Police CID, told The Times: “The suspects targeted victims overseas by creating fake websites for well-known companies and banks in a bid to steal victims’ credit card information and then launder the stolen money.”
Mr Abbas – who goes by the name Hushpuppi – is also accused of committing fraud in Europe, America and Nigeria, police said.
Detectives ironically used social media to help track their locations.
Mr Abbas started out as a secondhand-clothes trader in Lagos before claiming to be a billionaire property developer in Dubai.
He told his 2.4million followers that he posts about his luxury life to inspire others to make more of their lives.
“I post a few of these things so that someone can see my page someday and decide not to give up,” he said.
A video was uploaded by Dubai police of Mr Abbas looking startled and in handcuffs after his arrest.
Local media reports that the FBI will push to extradite Mr Abbas to America as many of the alleged victims were US citizens.
It is not clear if he actually did any real estate development.
Mr Abbas has not yet commented on the allegations.