The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Michael Thompson Williams, who bought a Porsche car worth N28 million and paid with a fake bank alert.
According to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, the fraud was perpetrated at a car shop owned by one Abidogun Adewale.
After the negotiation, Williams was said to have requested for Adewale’s bank account details and made it look like he had paid him via the fake alert to his phone, using HTTP tunnel.com.
The suspect drove the car away unknown to the seller that he had been scammed.
However, based on his complaint, a manhunt was launched for the fleeing suspect.
The Command involved the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, which led to the arrest of the suspect in Lekki, Lagos State.
When Williams was interrogated, he confessed to committing the crime and led detectives to Asaba, Delta State, where the stolen Porsche car was recovered.
He also led detectives to Owerri, Imo State, where two Toyota Camry cars he stole in a similar fashion were recovered.
Imohimi said at the parade of the suspect on Monday: “The modus operandi of the suspect who has a good mastery of cyber environment is that he creates a credit card through cyber ghost 12.
“When the credit card matures, it is then funded through a hacked Swiss account.
“Any transaction anybody is doing through Swiss account, the suspect manipulates such and wires the fund 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, one can buy softwares he needs to work and protect his job so that he cannot be traced.
“Such softwares are known as vpn and word cyber protector, eg Dare Devil.
“It also enables you to do deductions and transactions per dollar from every individual domiciliary account.”