The long arm of the law has caught up with a truck driver, Ebenezer Oyeneye, 50, suspected to be behind several hacking of customers’ bank accounts in a new generation bank.
Reports say the suspect who specialised in recharging call credit from other people’s bank account was arrested by men of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Ikeja, after a female victim, lodged a report at Aguda Police Station, Surulere, complaining that someone had been using her account to buy recharge cards since July 2016.
“I was amazed when my financial institution notified me of a debit on my bank account and the same thing continued for like 11 months,” the victim said.
In his confessional statement, the suspect said he got involved in the hacking after trying to recharge his phone line with a short code and was credited with N1,000 immediately some months back.
Oyeneye said: “I tried it the following day; I issued a N3,000 balances which was also credited, and so I continued day in, day out, for weeks and months. I became so overwhelmed by the value of my call credit balance and I immediately resorted to selling of my loot to people around me for months before I was blocked off.”
He continued: “The maximum I have recharged from the account was N3, 000 per day, because my network provider restricted me to a daily top up of the said amount. I then sell from the proceed and collect back physical cash from my customers.”
Confirming the case, a police source said; “The victim complained about the frequency, and sum of money which the suspect had withdrawn from her bank account through purchasing a credit “top up,” which were always debited from her account.
“She noted that the fraud began on July 4, 2016, after she received a debit alert from her bank that she had recharged a sum of N1, 000 call credit for her phone line without sending such command or initiating such transaction.