Operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command Headquarters, Onikan, Lagos State have arrested two suspected fraudsters after both have hacked into over 1,000 bank accounts.
The Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, a Superintendent of Police, Hauwa Idris-Adamu, made this known.
Idris-Adamu said the modus operandi of these fraudsters is to have a customer’s BVN-linked phone number and bank alert for easy transfer of the money.
She said: “Over 1000 customers’ accounts have been hacked and defrauded across the country.
“Further investigation into the incident revealed that members of the syndicates were drawn from different parts of the country.”
The spokesperson explained that on May 8, 2023, a petition was submitted by the United Bank for Africa PLC to the Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of Zone 2 that there are some syndicates that specialise in internet fraud of various banks in Nigeria, especially UBA, in which they hack into customers’ accounts and move their monies.
Idris-Adamu added: “Based on the petition, the AIG raised a team of detectives from the Zonal Monitoring Unit, who swung into action.
“And with the aid of modern technology, two suspects, Yusuf Ademola, 40, and Adesina Olawale Abiodun, 50, were tracked down at their hideout at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
“The suspects confessed to the crime that they have many syndicates all over Nigeria and that they use software to hack into customers’ accounts and move their money undetected from any bank they wish.
“Efforts are on top gear to arrest all suspects connected with this crime.
“In the interim, the investigation is still ongoing and suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon completion of the investigation.”