Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested a man, Victor Ukachuckwu, who confessed to using an online application he downloaded from the Internet to defraud Point of Sales (POS) operators in Ondo State.
Mr Ukachuckwu, a commercial motorcyclist, made the confession while speaking with newsmen after he was paraded by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Thursday in Akure.
The 29-year-old suspect, who claimed to be a commercial motorcyclist, said that he started engaging in the fraud about a month ago.
“I saw the application online and I learned how to use it, which I tried and it worked, though I used it only five times in this month.
“I made N55,000 from the fraud business before I was arrested by NSCDC operatives in Akure,” he said.
While speaking on the incident, Hammed Abodunrin, State Commandant of NSCDC, explained that the suspect had defrauded many POS operators with his tricks.
According to him, the suspect is in the habit of going to POS operators to withdraw money.
“After he is done with POS operators, he will access his own bank through a firewall application to inform the bank that he made a transaction which failed.
“He would tell the bank that he had bought certain things and the goods were not delivered to him so he wanted the transaction cancelled and the money returned to his account. He would go back later and withdraw the reversed amount.
“One POS operator just noticed that each time he had a transaction with the suspect, the transaction would be reversed. This means that the POS guy kept losing money, amounting to about N55,000.
“The suspect was arrested today, we were about to grant him bail and we just felt we should approach his bank and another money just came back into his account, which means that there are so many that will still come back to his account,” the NSCDC chief explained.
Mr Abodunrin explained that when the command approached the bank, it (bank) claimed to have sent emails to the affected POS operators.
He said the bank reversed the transaction and paid back the suspect because it did not receive any response from the POS operators it emailed.
“I am appealing to banks to find faster and better means of communicating with their clients to prevent future criminal acts, ‘’ he said.
He urged the public to be more vigilant and observant.
Many Nigerians needing small cash have taken to using POS operators as banks become less accessible due to COVID-19 restrictions and bank ATMs are perpetually out of cash.
Fraudsters have consequently devised sundry means to fleece the operators of their hard earned money.
Earlier in the month, an operator was lured from Lagos to Sango, under the guise of a huge POS transaction.
The unfortunate businessman for found burnt to death in the area after his staff raised an alarm of his disappearance with the police. The fraudsters, who were later caught, confessed to stealing N4.5 million from the man before killing him.