Internet fraudsters nabbed for using unregistered SIM cards to swindle bank customers

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A syndicate that specialises in obtaining bank details from customers and later defraud them of their hard earned money using unregistered SIM cards has been apprehended by the Lagos State police command.

Enohomfoh Osagie Favour, a 2015 Parasitiology and Entomoly graduate of Nnamdi Azikwue University, Anambra State and Ebong Christopher, a 2016 Computer Science graduate of Tansian University, Oba, Anambra were part of the group.

They were accused of pretending to be bank officials demanding their bank account number and ATM details. On April 19, 2018, the police received a complaint about their activities from a worker of Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LSNSC).

The duo are said to be contract staff of Bright Star Limited. The LSNSC official said based on this communication, he went to his bank, First Bank, where the official told him that his account had been blocked due to the activities of the internet fraudsters.

According to the LSNSC staff, he was called via GSM number: 08084480521 requesting his account number and ATM details.

Following the arrest of the suspects by a combined team of Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (FSARS), led by Mohammed Sanusi, they confessed that they had been using three GSM lines to carry out their nefarious activities.

While Osaige owns GSM number 08162236163, one Hope Dide owns – 08084480671 and 07081301881. They used these numbers to call innocent civil servants of the Lagos State government on the guise of assisting them, instead they swindle them of their income.

The police conducted a search and recovered the SIM cards of the three GSM lines with these numbers: 0816226163, 08084480671 and 0708130188. Upon their arrest, the suspects confessed to the crime for which they were arrested.

However, information received from service providers revealed that GSM number 07081301881 was not registered, as there was no user contacts on it, hence the fraud syndicate prefers to use it to perpetrate fraud.

**Guardian Newspaper

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