Zakariya Yahaya, a Nigerian suspect, has finally revealed how he and his group members opened and cleared the bank accounts of many Nigerians using stolen or lost SIM cards.
The suspect, Yahaya is 46 years of age and has been in this business for more than ten years. He’s popularly known as “His Excellency”, and was among 39 suspects paraded for various crimes at the defunct headquarters of Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Abuja on 16th August 2021.
I used to reset any SIMs that receive bank alerts. I will reset it and steal all the money inside the bank account and nobody becomes aware of it including their IT personnel and the owners of the accounts.
Speaking to the journalist, he clarified that bank accounts of many Nigerians receiving alerts from their Banks are easy to access by using their phone numbers and accounts.
“I do reset it with victim’s financial institution account quantity via financial institution code from the primary to the final quantity. Any financial institution that we get, we first use it to shop for a recharge card, from there, they may ship us the alert. From the alert, we can now get the account quantity.”
He disclosed that he began out the process withinside the final years and he now has a minimum of eleven gang contributors and they’re working in 3 essential cities: Kano, Plateau, and Abuja.
He stated he couldn’t don’t forget the precise numbers of financial institution debts he and his gang contributors have stolen from however that they’d as soon as eliminated N800,000 from one of the debts.
Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, defined how the criminals perform primarily based totally on their investigation. He stated the criminals usually accumulate SIM packs in big numbers and re-set off vintage smartphone numbers humans don’t use anymore to discover any financial institution account’s info.
Mba stated: “Yahaya Zakari controls more than one gang of cyber crooks whose talk-in-alternate is to head after SIM cards, smartphone numbers of harmless Nigerians, breaking into their privacy, scouse borrow their banks’ IDs, and scouse borrow monies from the debts.
“They have essential modus operandi. The first is to head and buy or accumulate lines, the brand new starter kits in big numbers. When they get there, they attempted to hack BVN.
“Experience has proven them that at this stage, a number of our carrier vendors are recycling vintage numbers. Persons who had used telephones and probable for a few motives have traveled out of the country, or for another purpose selected now no longer to apply the quantity again, and people numbers are dormant and presently being recycled and being re-issued to individuals as new numbers.
“They are very skillful and that they have approaches of understanding or deciphering vintage numbers. So, after they placed on their starter packs, and they’ve given alternatives to pick numbers, they pick vintage numbers, and at random, they attempted to discover and notice if they may get financial institution info from the one’s vintage numbers. That is their first modus.”
Mba stated the guys occasionally assault their sufferers bodily, accumulate their telephones, and goal their SIM. He brought that they’re now no longer inquisitive about the telephones however the SIM cards.
He stated: “The second, which could be very risky in which they occasionally harm harmless residents each bodily and financially, is thru deploying gangs that assault harmless residents, forcefully grab their telephones, or occasionally get those telephones stolen through pickpocketing.
“Once they get those telephones, their goal isn’t always the smartphone, regardless of how high priced your smartphone is, they’re now no longer inquisitive about that smartphone, that’s now no longer the primary goal. That can be a derivative or a facet of enjoying the crime, however, the essential goal is your SIM card.
“And when they get your SIM card, they attempted to mess around with it, and notice if they may locate something which can hyperlink them or take them directly into sufferers’ debts, and that they had accomplished those.
“With that, if they get right of entry to on your financial institution info, they cross directly to scouse borrow your money. The lesson for everybody right here is that we should manual our telephones jealously.
Even whilst you lose a smartphone or a range of and you observed you’ve were given or 3 different numbers or lines, don’t allow your quantity cross again to extraordinary hands, cross again on your carrier vendors and do all that’s necessary, re-set off and re-declare your lines.”
Mba counseled Nigerians to defend their telephones jealously and speedy records to their banks and carrier vendors if their telephones get missing.