One Babatunde Fatai, a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Oyo State, has been arrested by the state Police Command for various internet crimes including hacking into bank accounts of people in and outside Nigeria.
Fatai, who is about to commence his mandatory national youth service programme, also disclosed that he posed as a genuine lover to some of the victims so as to defraud them+ on dating sites.
He added that he had once been arrested for robbery and arraigned in court but was granted bail.
It was learnt that operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad attached to the state command arrested Fatai with the sum of N2.4m in his hideout in Ogbomosho.
Also in his possession were: a Honda CRV with number plate KWL 280 CN, a Nissan Altima car with number plate KJA 963 CA, a Ford saloon car with number plate KRD 837 DQ and a Toyota Camry saloon car with number plate LSR 418 DJ.
Confessing to the crime, Fatai said he had been in the Internet fraud business for a long time but could not remember how much he had made from his victims.
”It is not easy to do Internet fraud. It takes painstaking effort.
”At times, I would go to dating sites to woo both men and women. I would make sure they fall in love with me by regularly sending love and romantic messages and even calling them until I deceived them into giving me their account details.
”At times, I would send fake emails to bank customers making it look like it emanated from their banks. Then I would ask them to change their password, PIN or other bank account security details.
They would be required to input the old and new, but as soon as I get the old password, I would use it to hack into their accounts, transfer the money to the person I’m dating abroad, who would later send it to me through another means,” Fatai disclosed.