Monday, 17 August 2020

Police Arrest Seven For Cloning SIM Cards Of Late Prominent Persons To Empty Bank Accounts


Lagos State Police Command have arrested a syndicate that specialises in the cloning of Subscriber Identification Module (SIM) cards of deceased prominent persons and emptying their bank accounts.
The syndicate were arrested after their leader, Osita Nwafor alias Ossy, was nabbed by men of the Rapid Response Squad at the gang’s hideout after a detailed analysis of its activities.


Nwafor’s arrest led to the apprehension of other members of the gang namely: Nwogu Chike, Anthony Odama, Ikechukwu Nkem, James Okonkwo, Adedio Paulinus and Olufemi Ogundepo.
The arrest of the suspects reportedly foiled the fraudulent transaction of N3m through a cloned SIM card.
According to a statement by the RRS, the suspects work with some bank workers in Nigeria and outside the country.
It was gathered that Chika was working on the transfer of $220,000 from a foreign bank, while Ogundepo was working on the transfer of N25m from an old generation bank in the country before they were arrested.
When interrogated, Nwafor stated that he recruited the gang members in 2019, adding that they worked independently.

He added that they look out for the obituary of wealthy Nigerians and then work with their bank insiders to determine their account balance and then clone their SIM cards for online transfer of their money.
Nwafor explained;

Although I brought the team together, each member of the group has his area of specialisation. We look for potential victims and each member has his role on each of the cases.
Once I have done my part of the deal by looking for SIMs and accounts numbers, I push them to whoever among the member has to play the next role and that is how we treat our cases and apart from this, each member of the gang also has his splinter group. Whenever they have personal jobs, they also handle on their own.

The gang leader explained;

Chike look for foreign and local accounts for money lodgements. I don’t know anything about how he does that, I simply hand over to Chike. He has his connections and they work on percentage.

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