The Lagos State Police Command has nabbed a medical doctor and a hacker, Michael Thompson Williams, who allegedly scammed a car dealer of a Porsche car valued at N28 million.
The suspect, who was paraded at the command headquarters, Ikeja, on Monday was said to have gone to a car shop owned by one Abidogun Adewale where he purchased the car from using ‘HTTP tunnel.com’ via a fake alert system.
Edgal Imohimi, the state Commissioner of Police said luck ran out on Williams after Adewale reported the matter to the police. He said the command launched a manhunt for the suspect and drafted members of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad and other intelligence asset, who arrested the suspect.
''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 e.g Dare Devil. It also enables you to do deductions and transactions per dollar from every individual domiciliary account," the commissioner said.
Williams was subsequently interrogated after he was arrested at his Lekki home in Lagos. He also confessed to the crime after which he led officers to Asaba, Delta State where the Porsche car was recovered. Also, he led officers to Owerri, the Imo state capital where two Camry Saloon cars stolen in similar fashion were recovered.
Imohimi said that the command had been on the trail of a cyber crime syndicate led by the suspect since March 23, 2018. He added that Williams will be charged to court upon conclusion of investigation.