Officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) from Zone 2 Command arrested two men who specialize in hacking into customer’s bank accounts
The arrest of the two suspects was confirmed in a statement issued by the Command’s Spokesperson, Hauwa Idris-Adamu, on Tuesday in Lagos.
According to Hauwa, the NPF worked on a petition submitted by United Bank for Africa (UBA) in May, 2023.
She disclosed that, the suspects were traced and arrested at Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun state.
“On the 8th of May 2023, a petition was submitted by United Bank for Africa (UBA) to the AIG that there are some syndicates that specialize in internet fraud of various banks in Nigeria, most especially United Bank for Africa (UBA).
“The syndicates hack into customers’ accounts and move their money.
“Based on the petition, the AIG raised a team of detectives from the zonal monitoring unit, which swung into action with the aid of modern technology.
“The two suspects were tracked down at their hideout at Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun state.
“They confessed that, they had many syndicates all over Nigeria and used software to hack into customers’ bank accounts and move their money undetected from any bank.
“The modus operandi of these fraudsters is to have a customer’s BVN-linked phone number for easy money transfer.
“Consequently, over 1,000 customers’ accounts have been hacked, and the customers defrauded across the country.”
Hauwa added that, further investigation into the incident revealed that members of the syndicates were from different parts of the country.
Also, she said efforts were being intensified to arrest all those connected with the crime.