An old generation bank customerâ€™s account was hacked during a three-day cyberattack by suspected hackers, who then fraudulently moved N523,337,100 from the account to 18 separate accounts in the same bank.
According to a statement released by the spokesperson for the Police Special Fraud Unit, SP Eyitayo Johnson on Wednesday, the suspects subsequently transferred the funds from the 18 accounts into 225 more accounts held by 22 different banks and financial institutions.
He added that two individuals had been arrested in connection with the crime. He claimed that the concerted cyber-attack took place between Saturday, April 23, and the early hours of Monday, April 25, 2022, before businesses opened.
â€œThe legal section of the Police Special Fraud Unit in Ikoyi-Lagos, headed by CSP E. A. Jackson, has successfully obtained an order of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, for the preservation/forfeiture/ attachment of a net sum of N523,337,100 fraudulently transferred by Internet fraudsters who hacked a customerâ€™s account domiciled in one of the old-generation banks and posted the funds into 18 different accounts in the same bank before transmitting same to 225 other accounts in 22 banks/financial institutions.
â€œIn the course of the investigation, the sum of N160,287,071.47 was recovered from different banks; with two suspects arrested, while operatives are following other leads in order to apprehend the remaining members of the syndicate. The suspects will be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.â€
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