Monday, November 20, 2017 10:53 am
Operatives of the Lagos Rapid Response Squad, RRS of the Lagos Police Command have arrested a man who specializes in recharging call credit from other people’s bank account.
The suspect, Ebenezer Oyeneye, a 50-year-old truck driver who resides at 4, Moyinoluwa Avenue, Ijoko Lemode, Ogun State, was arrested by the Decoy team of RRS.
A woman who wanted to remain anonymous had reported at Aguda Police Station that an unknown person has been recharging their phone call credit from her bank account since July 2016.
According to the victim, she noted that the fraud began on the 4th of July 2016, after she received a debit alert from her bank that she had recharged a sum of N1, 000 call credits for her phone line without sending such command or initiating such transaction.
“I was amazed when my financial institution notified me of a debit on my bank account and the same thing continued for like 11 months.”
The woman filed the case with the operatives of the Aguda Divisional Headquarters, Aguda Surulere, from where it was transferred to RRS for in depth investigation. This led to the arrest of the suspect.
When he was questioned on his involvement in the crime by the decoy team of the RRS, Ebenezer confessed that he embarked on the fraudulent act in July 2016 while trying to make a living after the truck he was driving was retrieved from him by the owner due to a misunderstanding. With nothing to live on and maintain his family needs, he then found a means of livelihood after trying to recharge his phone line with a short code and was credited N1, 000 immediately.
“I tried it the following day and I issued a N3,000 balance which was also credited and so I continue day in, day out, for weeks and months.”
“I became so overwhelmed by the value of my call credit balance and I immediately resorted to selling of my loot to people around me for months before I was blocked off.
He continued, “the maximum I can recharge from the account is N3, 000 per day because my network provider restrict me to a daily top up of the said amount. I then sell from the airtime and collect back physical cash from my customers.”
The suspect confessed to have been sharing his loot with his wife and calling his mistresses.
When told the amount he had recharged within 11months of his escapade, Ebenezer said he knew he would have recharged up to the said amount (N400,000) because he never gave too much break as he finds it profitable using the illegal platform to enrich himself and be on top of his mobile phone call usage.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous Cole, advised the public to seek professional advice from their financial institutions before connecting their bank account to any online transaction and report immediately any case of strange activities on their bank account to necessary authorities.