Recently in Lagos state, certain criminals were captured by the Nigerian police force and one of the seven members of a notorious robbery gang arrested by the Police disclosed that there have been hacking into bank accounts owned by victims, through the national identity, he said to the media and newsmen “we hack into victims’ bank accounts through their ATM cards, voter’s cards, and driver’s license.”
These notorious and illegal gang, known as Blue Water Boys, has been terrorising residential areas in Nigeria precisely, Ojo, Okokomaiko, Ajagbandi, Ijanikin, Iba and its environs, along with the Mile-2 Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
The members of this illegal criminal gang operated in a group of 20 and 30, dispossessing helpless residents of cash, Automated Teller Machine, ATM, cards, telephones, driver’s license, and other valuables.
The gang had it captive when the information got to Policemen that some of its members were sighted making withdrawals from an ATM at the Alaba branch of a second generation bank.
Operatives from Ojo Division and those from the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, according to the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, “were swiftly mobilised and to the scene, where they arrested two of the robbers while a numeration of 5 others escaped the police attach.
“A total number of two ATM cards and one mobile phone which belongs to a victim were recovered and the suspects gave their names as ‘Olalekan Ayoola’ and ‘Sodiq Olalere’.
“Their confession led to the arrest of five other suspected members of the gang, from various locations in the city of Lagos and their arms and ammunition recovered.”
Gadgets recovered from them included: four mobile phones, three laptops, 13 unused live cartridges and one expended cartridge.” One of the suspects Olalekan Ayoola aka Label Money, aged 21, disclosed that he used an application in his phone known as Fletter to hack bank accounts of unlucky victims and, thereafter, transfer their funds into his account.
According to Ayoola, “we hack into victims’ accounts through their ATM cards, voter’s cards, and driver’s license. Some banks are easy to hack than others.
“If we steal a phone, we can use information on the victim’s debit alert to hack into his/her account. Once I use the application, the hidden numbers will show.
“My job in the gang is to hack into accounts and at the end of each operation, I get N120,000.” The identities of other suspected members of the gang are Muftau Ibrahim otherwise called Sakushaku, 25; Ogundiran Adeniyi, 24, and Dare Oyetola alias Paper Efforts, according to Edgal, are still on to arrest other fleeing members of the gang, adding that the suspects would be charged to court.