Man scammed of N7m after fraudsters swapped his SIM card

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A man has lost the sum of N7,101,504 to fraudsters after his MTN sim was swapped without his knowledge and transactions carried out on his bank account.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested three suspects in connection with the conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretenses. 

The suspects- Adewuyi A. Adebayo,31; Osikoya K. Gboyega, 44 and Akintunde Ogunrinde, 47- were arrested on September 9, 2019.

They were arrested at different locations in Lagos State and transferred to Makurdi, Benue State.


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According to the victim, he had noticed his MTN line wasn’t working anymore with calls not coming through and ‘invalid SIM card’ being displayed. 

He went to the MTN office to lodge a complaint but was told to apply for a welcome back SIM that was not successful as someone else had swapped his SIM card in Abia State.

He immediately contacted his account officer at FCMB to inform them of the development and to change his alert phone number to another line only to discover that transactions had occurred on his account without his consent.

The threshold limit for online transfers on his account had also been increased above N500k and the sum of N7,107,540 removed from his account.


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