A 28-year-old medical doctor turned hacker, Michael Thompson Williams, who is adept in online tools and its applications to perpetrate fake business transactions online and dupe unsuspecting persons, has been arrested and paraded by Lagos State police command.
The suspect, who had worked with frontline hospitals in Lagos, is in the habit of hacking into customers' accounts with banks and financial institutions' as well as monitor private email messages of prominent Nigerians.
He confessed that through his hacking expertise, he was able to acquire a property in Canada, adding that he could buy various goods worth N40 million with credit cards and make false payments in tranches to unsuspecting victims.
Williams met his waterloo on March 23, 2018 when a complaint was lodged to the police by a car shop owner, Abidogun Adewale, that a syndicate bought exotic cars worth N28 million, paid into his bank account but on visiting his banker, he discovered he had actually received a false bank alert indicating payment for a Porsche car he sold to the suspect.
While parading Williams yesterday at the police command headquarters, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, told newsmen that the suspect during his dialogue with him admitted commission of the crime.He said: "The suspect is member of a syndicate that goes to car shops, buys a car, configures a computer program that would send a fake payment alert to the seller and by so doing, fraudulently obtain the car."
Edgal said the suspect thereafter requested for the seller's bank account number and made it look like he had paid him via the fake alert to his phone using HTTP tunnel.com. "Thereafter, the suspect drove the car away, unknown to the seller that he had been scammed.
A police manhunt was launched on the fleeing suspect by the command, dispatching detectives of the FSARS, led by CSP Sanusi Mohammed. This led to the arrest of the suspect in Lekki, Lagos. "Upon his arrest, he led detectives to Asaba, Delta State, where the stolen Porsche car was recovered. He also led detectives to Owerri, Imo State where two Camry cars he stole in a similar fashion were recovered."
Williams in enlightening newsmen on the modus operandi of his illicit business, showed that the suspect has a good mastery of cyber space and thus creates a credit card through 'cyber ghost 12'.He said: "When the credit card matures, it is then funded through a hacked Swiss account. Any transaction anybody is doing through Swiss account, is manipulated and fund wired to his contrived credit card. This is possible with the aid of cyber ghost 12 HTTP/tunnel.azinytv4/vpn (virtual private network)."
He further stated that through the credit card, he could buy any software he needs to work and protect his job so that he cannot be traced. Bewildering journalists, the suspect said he is able to shut off CCTV cameras on and break the 256 codes on word, CCTV.China.com.northkorea.codeuntouchable.tracker.com.
Meanwhile, a 26-year-old nursing mother, Mrs. Adetola Adelani, has told detectives how one of her friends, Jackie, lured her to a hotel in Ajah to be kidnapped. Adelani, who was allegedly kidnapped on April 30, regained her freedom on May 15, after her abductors withdrew N126,000 from her husband's account through his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card in her possession.
The victim told police detectives she had left home at about 1:00p.m. on April 30 to buy petrol when she received a call from Jackie to meet her at City Spice Hotel, Ajah. Briefing journalists on the incident, Edgal said: "On reaching the hotel, she met Jackie with someone she introduced as Ahmed Olaoluwa. Her friend then collected a whitish powder substance suspected to be cocaine from Olaoluwa and gave to the victim to sniff, claiming that it would be good for her. She sniffed the power and became weak. In her state of stupour, she was led by Olaoluwa and one Muri Adeleye, who later joined them to a United Bank for Africa (UBA) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery in Ikota, where she was made to withdraw the sun of N126,000 for them from her husband's account.
"She was kept in City Spice Hotel, Ikota, for 24 hours and was later moved to Mirage Hotel. She was again taken by the suspects to withdraw more money only for them to realise that the account has been blocked. This made the suspects to collect her phone and detain her for two weeks hoping that the account would be unblocked for them to get more money."