Ladeparts banker arrested for hacking into customers’ accounts, diverting N3million (photo)
– A bank worker has been arrested in Lagos for hacking into a customers’ accounts to steal
– He allegedly diverted the sumof N3million from the customers’ accounts
– He was arrested with two other accomplices by the Lagos police
The Nigeria Police Force, Lagos state command has arrested a new generation bank worker, identified as Bunmi, for allegedly conniving with two others to hack into a customer’s account and steal the sum of N3million.
The Punch reports that the fraud was uncovered after owners of the accounts complained about their disappearing funds, which made the bank to institute a probe.
Bunmi allegedly hacked into several bank accounts of customers and diverted about N3million into private accounts.
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The alleged fraud was uncovered after owners of the accounts complained about their disappearing funds, which made the bank to institute a probe.
The bank management reportedly blocked the accounts into which the funds were transferred.
Owners of the blocked accounts, who were reportedly unaware that their accounts were being used for fraud, were said to have reported at their various branches and complained of the development.
The Zone 2 police spokesperson, CSP Dolapo Badmos, said further investigations led to the arrest of Bunmi’s accomplices – Babalola Akinyele, aka Olumba; and Adeshina Adenekan, aka Oluwo Ake.
Badmos said: “Between November 2017 and January 2018, the Zone 2 Police Command, through its Zonal Intervention Squad, arrested two suspects who were members of a fraud syndicate. They specialised in hacking into bank accounts.
“One of the suspects, Babalola Akinyele, operated with one Bunmi, a worker at Zenith Bank. Bunmi’s role is to hack into customers’ accounts and transfer money into different bank accounts supplied by Adeshina Adenekan, who thereafter withdraws the money with different Automated Teller Machine cards and returns same to the syndicate.
“Akinyele and Adenekan receive 10 per cent each of the proceeds from Bunmi, the arrowhead of the fraud. They withdrew the money with ATM cards because they did not want to enter into banking halls and be caught. So far, N3m has been traced to them.
“We urge members of the public to be careful and not disclose their Bank Verification Numbers and phone numbers to strangers because these are the things they use to access funds. The case is under investigation and effort is on to arrest the bank worker, who is at large.”
One of the accomplice, Adeshina Adenekan, who confessed to the crime said he met Bunmi at a car wash.
Adenekan said: “Bunmi helped me to unblock my ATM card. I did not know that he worked in a bank until then. He later said I should get some account numbers for him and I called my friend, Adenekan, to assist me, which he did. Bunmi simply said he wanted to transfer money into the accounts.
“I don’t know how the man used to do it, but whenever he transferred money into the accounts, he would call us and we would use ATM cards to withdraw the money. He took 70 per cent, while we shared 30 per cent.
“Bunmi later called me and said he had left the bank and I should throw away the SIM card we had been using to communicate.”