A lot of people are highly ignorant to how losing their phones to fraudsters can lead to a complete clean-up of their bank accounts.
If you ask any banker, he or she will tell you about the hundreds of customers who have often come crying to the banks for help after realizing that the money in their bank accounts hasve either fallen short of what it should be or has hit red.
These fraudsters do this by stealing victims’ identities; name, address, bank information which they use in gaining access to their bank accounts. They also use the stolen identity to defraud other people and even apply for loans, leaving the victim with debts.
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A local fraudster arrested by the Police confesses to how he steals money from people’s bank accounts through their SIM cards. He claims he does “Wire Wire” also called SIM transaction or “Joker wire” where he can unlock, transfer and withdraw from any SIM card that is linked to a bank account.
In a video posted on Twitter by Jubril Gawat, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on New Media to the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the arrested fraudster confessed that once he gets hold of such a phone, he gains access to it easily by dialing the code, *425*100# to reveal the bank account connected to the SIM card.
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For example, if it is an Access Bank aacount, he will dial *901*00# to show the user’s account balance. He will then proceed to reset the PIN, and the bank will ask for the account number and date of birth of the account holder. Since a lot of people save their account number on their contact list, He can easily get it there.
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He will then proceed to use the account number to get the victim’s BVN, then use the BVN to get all his/her details by dialing *565*0#. With this information, he will proceed to reset the PIN, then use the date of birth to create a new PIN. From there, he will be able to transfer money out of the account.
He explains further that if the SIM card owner is a salary earner or owns a salary account, he will be eligible to apply for loans. As long as it’s the SIM used to receive bank account alerts, he can hack it. He does it so efficiently that the main owner of the account will receive no alert on any transactions done.
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He transfers the stolen money to a “No trace Account” (Aza) using another stolen sim with its BVN to create it,
so the new account will be used to receive the funds and the owner of that stolen SIM card will be the one that will be traced.
Even if he does not see a SIM to use, as long as he can get the BVN, he can use it to receive the funds.
It can be tough to keep up with the many vices of internet fraudsters, who are constantly changing their techniques to keep ahead of the authorities. Being a victim of fraud can affect people of any age, and it can cost a lot of money.
We have valuable information we let out easily, but unconsciously. And there are people out there waiting to get hold of such information. It is advisable to always be careful of where and how we store our personal information.
why has the ict bamkers not noticing this
The of bank frauds is alarming these days.
This is really bad, but people actually lack conscience. They are not even remorseful about stealing other peoples money, to them its just wire wire
Hello Janet John,
Nice write up, I actually watched this report on Facebook just yesterday and I was scared to my Bones.
It’s good we see and Read these reports, but most importantly; the press men/women and the police officers there should ask questions that will save the general public from falling victim.
I was waiting to hear them ask the fraudster, HOW CAN YOU BE STOPPED?
WHICH SIM /NETWORK PROVIDER GIVES YOU A HARD TIME?
WHICH BANK MAKES YOUR JOB DIFFICULT?
CAN YOU UNLOCK A LOCKED SIM CARD?
I READ A SIMILAR SIM CARD FRAUDSTER REPORT LAST YEAR, HE SAID, AND I QUOTE “THE ONLY SIM CARD I CAN’T HANDLE IS A LOCKED SIM CARD”
SINCE THEN, I LOCKED MY ALERT SIM CARD. ONCE I TURN IT OFF AND ON AGAIN, IT WILL REQUEST FOR THE UNLOCK PIN.
IF I PUT THE SIM IN ANOTHER PHONE, IT’LL ASK FOR THE UNLOCK PIN.
IT’S SAFER THAT WAY.
?everything you said
Thanks man, you provided a solution. The police and the writer don’t realise that desperate people can use these informations they’re providing (the codes and procedures) to make more innocent people fall victims, I’m going to lock my sim right now.
i am in tudun wada dankadai kano nigeria
I misplaced my phone a small phone,just surprised to see insufficient fund while trying to make a withdrawal .I lost 260 thousand Yesterday.Honestly i’m not myself.why are people this wicked
Just lock or password your sim card. They won’t be able to access your contact there. And if they try it up to 3 times, it will get blocked and ask for PUK. And except they have access to your sim certificate, the sim card is useless in their hands.
Dialing *425*100# does not reveal the bank account connected to the SIM card.
If all of dis is true then Nigeria banking system is corrupt and needs serious adjustments
I won’t be they steal my BVN
So how will you prevent this?
With what code can I reviewed my account details