Over 30 sim cards of different telecommunication networks, belonging to various victims yet to be identified have been recovered from two fraudsters in Enugu, who illegally transfer money from accounts of victims whose phone they steal.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, Enugu State command’s Spokesman, SP Ebere Amaraizu, said in a statement on Saturday that the two suspects were arrested on May 18, by police operative of the Central Police Station, Enugu, who acted on a coordinated intelligence information.
The suspects were identified as Abuchi Ogbu, 20 and Christian Mba, 21, specialize in stealing of phones and then using the sim card details to hack into the victim’s account before transferring money from the account.
Confessing to the crime, the suspects disclosed that they operate in three groups; one specialises in stealing phones, takes the SIM cards to Mba, who is a cybercafé operator, to access the BVN and other bank details of their victims and hack into their accounts.
The other group, headed by Ogbu is to generate the PIN code of victims through the information gathered on the SIM cards. The codes are passed to the person, who then accesses the victims’ accounts and withdraws the money.
“They have wreaked havoc on many victims, including the latest victim who they swindled N250,000,’’ Amaraizu said.
NAN reported that the one of the suspects, Ogbu, pleaded for forgiveness and blamed the situation on peer group influence.
“The command advises members of the public to be security conscious and should ensure that their electronic cards are kept safe,’’ he added.
Few months ago, the Lagos State Police Command also arrested a 6 – man syndicate that specialised in robbing Lagosians of their mobile phones and turning over its SIM cards to hackers who get hold of the account details of its owners and transfer its balances to their accounts.