In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 17th, August, 2020

Faces Of Suspected Fraudsters Who Specialize In Cloning Sim Playing cards Of Outstanding Deceased Nigerians And Transferring Their Cash

Faces Of Suspected Fraudsters Who Specialize In Cloning Sim Cards Of Prominent Deceased Nigerians And Transferring Their Money


The Suspects

A infamous syndicate group that specialises within the cloning of Subscriber Identification Module playing cards higher often known as SIM playing cards of outstanding deceased individuals and emptying their financial institution accounts in connivance with some prison financial institution officers have been nabbed by the Lagos State Police command.

The syndicate have been arrested after their chief, Osita Nwafor alias Ossy, was nabbed by males of the Fast Response Squad. Different members of the gang embody Nwogu Chike, Anthony Odama, Ikechukwu Nkem, James Okonkwo, Adedio Paulinus and Olufemi Ogundepo.

An announcement by the RRS says the suspects connived with some financial institution employees in Nigeria and outdoors the nation to loot the funds of deceased individuals.

It was gathered that Chika was engaged on the switch of $220,000 from a international financial institution, whereas Ogundepo was engaged on the switch of N25m from an outdated era financial institution within the nation earlier than they have been arrested.

When interrogated, Nwafor said that they appear out for the obituary of rich Nigerians after which work with their financial institution insiders to find out their account stability after which clone their SIM playing cards for on-line switch of their cash.

“Though I introduced the staff collectively, every member of the group has his space of specialisation. We search for potential victims and every member has his position on every of the instances.

As soon as I’ve performed my a part of the deal by on the lookout for SIMs and accounts numbers, I push them to whoever among the many member has to play the following position and that’s how we deal with our instances and aside from this, every member of the gang additionally has his splinter group. Every time they’ve private jobs, additionally they deal with on their very own.

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Chike seems for international and native accounts for cash lodgements. I don’t know something about how he does that, I merely hand over to Chike. He has his connections and so they work on proportion and as soon as they agree on the share when the cash comes, everyone will get their cuts.

We discover obituaries of properly to do members of the general public, use financial institution insiders to find out the deceased’s account stability and clone their SIM playing cards for on-line transfers.” he mentioned

One of many group’s financial institution informants was arrested in Lagos whereas one other one who relies in Benin metropolis, Edo state, has gone into hiding after he received wind of the syndicates’ arrest.

The seven suspected fraudsters have been transferred to the Particular Anti-Theft Squad for additional investigation and prosecution.

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