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Hacked UBA Customers’ Accounts: Police Nabs Suspects, Reveals Their Modus Operandi

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Determined to get to the roots of successful hacking of customers’ accounts and the stealing of their hard earned money, the United Bank for Africa (UBA) has taken steps that have led to the arrest of suspected members of internet fraud syndicate in the country.

The Nigeria Police arrested the suspects based on the petition by the bank submitted at the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2, Lagos.

In a statement signed by the Zonal Police Public Relations Officer, Zone 2 Command headquarters, Onikan Lagos, SP Hauwa Idris Adamu, the police confirmed that two suspects, namely, Yusuf Ademola ‘m’ aged 40 years and Adesina Olawale Abiodun aged 50 years were tracked down at their hideout at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, revealing their modus operandi.

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The Zonal Police spokesperson explained that “on the 8th of May 2023, a petition was submitted by United Bank for Africa (UBA) to the Assistant Inspector General of Police that there are some syndicates that specialize on internet fraud of various banks in Nigeria most especially United Bank for Africa (UBA), in which they hack into customers accounts and move their monies.

“Based on the petition, the AIG raised a team of Detectives from the Zonal Monitoring Unit, swung into action with the aid of modern technology, two suspects; Yusuf Ademola ‘m’ aged 40 years and Adesina Olawale Abiodun aged 50 years were tracked down at their hideout at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.

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“The suspects confessed to the crime that they have many syndicates all over Nigeria and that they use software to hack into customers’ accounts and move their money undetected from any bank they wish.

“However, the modus operandi of these fraudsters is to have a customer’s BVN linked phone number and bank alert for easy transfer of the money”, police revealed.

The Zonal Command further disclosed that “Consequently, over 1000 customers’ accounts have been hacked and defrauded across the country. Further investigation into the incident revealed that members of the syndicates were drawn from different parts of the country.

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“Efforts are on top gear to arrest all suspects connected with this crime.

“In the interim, investigation is still ongoing and suspects will soon be arraigned in court upon completion of investigation please”, the police vowed.

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