Syndicate using SIM cards to steal from bank customers arrested


Five members of a syndicate whose stock in trade is robbing people of their phone-set after which they steal their victims’ monies warehoused in banks have been arrested.

Their module operandi is after disposing their victims of phones get hold of the SIM card with which they decode such people’s Bank Verification Number, BVN, and bank accounts and fleece their victims.

The suspects’ bubble burst when they stole a phone-set at barber shop in Lekki area of Lagos State on June 20, according to the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Hauwa Idris Adamu.

Adamu said: “Operatives of Zonal Monitoring Unit  have arrested a syndicate of five persons comprising four males and one female who specialised in stealing and transferring funds from people’s accounts through their SIM Cards.

“It all started on June 20, when  Daniel Asigbe, 25, stole a Samsung X9 from a barber’s shop at the  Lekki area of the state.  The said Asigbe, removed the SIM card and gave it to Ikechukwu who fraudulently got the owner’s BVN and sent the same to one Yele  (currently at large). Yele later generated and gave Ikechukwu the account owner’s transfer pin.

“Ikechukwu, then, transferred N2,300,000 from the account to the third accomplice ,Seun Dairo, 19, account. He also purchased N20,000  worth of airtime from the account.”

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