Rap star 50 Cent hints at Hushpuppi TV series

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US rap star 50 Cent has hinted he is set to make a TV drama about the life and crimes of a notorious Nigerian fraudster Hushpuppi.

The chart-topping artistwhose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, shared his projects with his 28 million followers on Instagram.

Instagram influencer Ramon Abbas, widely known as Hushpuppi, was jailed for more than 11 years by a US court last week for fraud and money laundering on a global scale.

He was ordered to pay more than $1.7 million in restitution to two fraud victims.

“For my scammers, gotta do this one,” 50 Cent wrote on his verified Instagram account.

“The Hushpuppy (sic) series is coming soon.”

Abbas, 40, was arrested in Dubai in June 2020 when police raided the five-star Versace hotel residence where he lived. He was extradited to the United States.

He had cultivated 2.3 million followers on Instagram, where he showed a penchant for Versace bathrobes and luxury cars. His account was close by the social media company last week ― after rising 500,000 since his arrest.

Abbas admitted to trying to steal more than $1.1 million from someone who wanted to fund a new school in Qatar.

He further admitted to “several other email and work-related compromise schemes that cumulatively caused more than $24 million in losses,” the US Department of Justice said.

It’s unclear whether 50 Cent intends to take on the lead role himself or will be involved in funding the project.

The rapper, 47, has taken on a number of film and television roles over the years, in addition to his successful music career.

From poverty to party life and prison

A series about Hushpuppi could examine his rise and fall from poverty to a life of luxury on the back of ill-gotten gains.

A BBC Africa investigation found that Abbas originally came from a poor neighborhood north of Lagos, with a mother who worked in a market and a father who drove a taxi.

He reported that he started his fraudulent lifestyle as “Yahoo Boy”, a Nigerian term for a scammer who spams internet users with fake requests for loans, money transfers and even romance.

Abbas’ later scams, using a technique known as compromising business emails, were surprisingly simple.

It starts with the fraudster identifying a company that has just ordered goods.

They email this company pretending to be the supplier, from an email address that is almost exactly the same as the real supplier, with only one different letter or number.

Typically, the scammer says that the supplier has just changed their business bank account and points to the new account, claiming that is where payment for the goods should be sent.

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Updated: November 13, 2022, 10:19 a.m.

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