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The Lagos State Police spokesperson SP Benjamin Hundeyin has advised Nigerians on unused SIM card to prevent accessibility to fraudsters.
SP Hundeyin said this on Monday as victim shared how fraudsters withdrew over one million from accounts through a lost SIM card.
“I’ll like to report a fraud case on my bank accounts. I’m currently studying for my Masters outside Nigeria and my MTN line hasn’t been totally active for over 2 years.
“Since I was already out of the country I couldn’t make any calls with the line.
“To my surprise, few days ago. I saw some unauthorised transactions on my GTBank account. Apparently, MTN re issued the line and the current user fraudulently transferred money out of my account using USSD codes.
“He did this, till my account was empty.
“He later proceeded to yet another account (Providus bank) and fraudulently transferred the sum of N1,172,700 out of my account (Providus bank) and fraudulently transferred the sum of N1,172,700 out of my account to 4 different Palm pay accounts.
“I contacted MTN and they said there’s nothing that they can do unless I go change the number at the bank. They explained that they re-issued the line because it was not active for over a year but that isn’t entirely true because this number receives text messages (at least once in a month).
“I need your intervention to help get the identity of the person who is now registered on the MTN line and his cohorts that he has been sending these monies to
“I am certain all the accounts he has been sending these monies to are all linked via their respective BVN numbers
“Your intervention is sorely needed to help apprehend these criminals
“And to help avert further losses as he/she could probably register the re-issued line with a loan application and get a loan in my name or even access my WhatsApp and get money fraudulently from people there
“Kindly help intervene in this.”
Without disclosing the advice given to the fraud victim, the Police spokesperson tweeted, “Prevention is better than cure!
“Before traveling for a long time, change your numbers everywhere necessary; or keep them active, topping them up with N100 monthly should suffice.
“For this case, he’s been advised on how to proceed.”
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