A 31-year-old Nigerian man has been arrested by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad for hacking from people’s bank accounts. The Nigerian man is a suspected telephone hacker who was arrested at Ladipo area of Lagos state. The man identified as Dare Oladimeji is a 31-year-old hacker. It was gathered that the arrest was made after security operatives tracked the suspect to Idi-Oro area of Lagos state, for an investigation that included the withdrawal of N200,000 from a victim’s account. In an interview with Vanguard, the man revealed that he had gotten into the hacking business after he came back from Dubai.
Oladimeji explained that he was a footballer and he had come back to Nigeria after he concluded his two years contract with AlAIN FC in Dubai. He said he had N7 million after he came back and invested N5 million in business. He said: “When I came back from Dubai in 2016, I brought N7 million, out of which I gave one Mr Shola N5 million for a genuine business with NUPENG. Unfortunately, the man died.” “I decided to venture into this business which is a small version of yahoo yahoo because I didn’t want to go into robbery. At Idi-Oro, there are pickpockets . When they snatch phones from victims, they would throw the sim cards away. What I do is to go looking for these sim cards and continue from there.”
The secondary school certificate holder revealed that he learned to hack sims from Google. He said money can be withdrawn from an account with a stolen sim card. According to him, he does not matter if someone’s phone is locked. He noted that there are different codes for hacking into sim cards to get anyone’s account information. He said: “I work on sim cards to get money. When I lay my hands on any sim card, I would slot it into any small phone that is not android. When that is done, I would press a code which brings out the list of banks the owner of the sim uses. For example, if the person is using GTB, I will proceed with the normal code of *37*100#. If the person has money, we would use it to buy a recharge card to confirm how much the owner has, through the debit alert that would pop in to reveal the balance. Thereafter, we would transfer the money into donor accounts, from where we would withdraw the money.”
“Locking of phones with password does not stop me from hacking into any account, as long as I can lay my hands on the sim card. All I need to do is to remove the sim and slot it into a small phone. The only thing that can prevent me from hacking into account through a phone is when the SIM card itself is locked. But most people don’t lock their sim cards, they only lock their phones. You can only beat my likes to the game if you lock your sim card because only the owner knows the password.” The father of three expressed regret for the crimes he committed. He noted that he disappointed his kids. Oladimeji said: “Nobody taught me the skill. I learned it from google chrome. This is just common sense. But I regret my action because I have brought shame to my children.”