By Joseph Undu
The operatives of Rapid Response Squad, RRS, of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested three suspected internet fraudsters, who specialised in duping property developers.
According to police source, the suspects were arrested for swindling a property dealer in Lagos of about four million naira, while posing as potential client.
The arrest of the suspects came barely a month after the RRS burst another syndicate of fraudsters, who operate on the internet.
The names of the suspects were given as Olisa Oyegbuka, 28; Ifeannacho Kingsley, 27 and Ujumwa Aniemena, 33. They were said to have been arrested last Wednesday in Akwa, Anambra State.
According to the source, “the suspects are part of the internet fraudsters hacking into e-mail addresses and using them to send messages seeking transfer of funds in tranches to different accounts.
“Unlike the present gang, the other gang, comprising four young men, were arrested in Onitsha for hacking into the e-mail account of the CEO of a popular lotto company based in Lagos and sought the transfer of five million naira cumulatively into four separate accounts.”
The estate agent said: “I received an e-mail giving payment instructions. The owner of the e-mail address is my client. It gave payment instructions to transfer funds.”
He said the total amount transferred into two accounts was N3,820,000. His client later called him and that was when he realised that the payment instructions did not emanate from him, but from fraudsters.
One of the suspects, whose account was used during the transfer, Ifeanacho Kingsley admitted that N720,000 and N850,000 were transferred into his account, adding that a family friend, Chinedu Emmanuel, had requested for his account details and thereafter took his ATM card and pin to withdraw the money.
He said that as soon as the alerts come in, the money was also taken out, adding “the following day, I got another alert of N850,000. Almost instantly, there were lots of POS transactions bearing Grand POS, Asaba.
“Since then, I have not seen him and I don’t know the kind of job he does. As I talk to you, my ATM card is still with him.”
Another suspect, Olisa Oyegbuka, told investigators that his friend, Egbuka, who was arrested by RRS few weeks earlier, was the one who used his account to transfer N800,000 into a Fidelity Bank account belonging to one Tamino.
The three suspects have been transferred to SCID for further investigations.