By Chibuike Osuji
A notorious gang of fraudsters has been busted by the Nigerian Police. The group, which specializes in Bank fraud, was apprehended recently by members of the Nigerian Police force who have been trailing their activities through their special fraud unit. The syndicate is said to be responsible for most calls received by Nigerians who claim that the victims BVN has ran into administrative problems and will be ratified. Hey always give a dedicated phone number where the victim should contact bank officials to ratify the problem in question. Through this they are able to hack into the Automated Teller Machines, ATM, pin numbers.
The busting of the activities of the syndicate started on 19th April 2019, when a staff of Lagos state Neighborhood safety corps. According to him, he was contacted by the mobile number 08084480521. The caller requested his ATM details and account number, which he supplied to them. Unknown to him, the fraudsters have already acting swiftly, and when he went to the bank, he was told that the account has been blocked by the alleged criminals.
The force swung into action, and soon an arrest was made. Behind the activities were ENOHOMFOH Osagie Favour, a 2015 Parapsychology graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra state and Ebong Christopher, a 2016 graduate of Computer science from Tansian University, Oba, Anambra State. The suspected were arrested as suspects in the case. Both were contract staff of Bright Star Limited, a company that is hired to deal with the Biometric verification of Lagos indigenes by the Lagos state Government Neighborhood Safety Corps, LSNC.
A combined team of Federal SARS and local police handled the investigations and arrest, and they soon obtained a confession from them. It was discovered that Osagie used phone numbetr08162236163, another suspect, Hope Dide, uses 08084480671 and 07081301881.
According to the police, the suspects will soon be charged to court.