Suspected international scammer and Instagram influencer, Ramoni Abbas, aka Hushpuppi, once sold second-hand clothes, popularly called Okrika, on the streets of Lagos, London’s Daily Mail has reported.
According to the British newspaper, “Mr Abbas started out as a second hand-clothes trader in Lagos before claiming to be a billionaire property developer in Dubai.”
Reports by some of Hushpuppi’s old friends also claimed that his father was a taxi driver in Nigeria, but this could not be verified.
The alleged international fraudster was arrested in Dubai in June for allegedly diverting over half a billion dollars from private accounts through a series of fraudulent activities.
On Thursday, the police in Dubai, United Arab Emirate, handed him and his accomplices over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the United States of America to face fraud charges.
Hushpuppi, who boasts of over 2.4 million followers on social media, was known to always display his ostentatious lifestyle on social media.
The alleged scammer boasts of many luxury cars, including two Rolls Royce, a Maybach, a Bentley, a Ferarri, Mercedes G Wagon, and many more.
He was fond of flying aboard strictly private jets for international travels, making video recording of himself consuming expensive champagne and food.
Hushpuppi was also in the habit putting inspirational captions beneath his posts, claiming to “encourage hard work among youths.”
Virtually nothing is known about his personal life, but he’s said to have fathered a child in 2013.