3 Nigerians Arrested for Buying Goods Online With Stolen Credit Card Information

Three Nigerians arrested at Sembakkam near Tambaram on December 13 for buying goods online with stolen credit card information have revealed the extent of their network, police said on Thursday. 

"The three have links with people in Kerala and Mumbai. They got the data and exchanged it among them as per the instructions of a 'boss' in Nigeria," a cyber crime wing sleuth said. 

Obasoto Oladapo Olatunbosum alias Richard (29), M Dickson (26) and Abiodun-O-Oyekunle (30), taken into police custody on Tuesday, are being interrogated separately.

"They told us about a person who sent them money collected from genuine persons to book air tickets or recharge mobiles. A second man functioned from Mumbai while the third, possibly a Nigerian in Lagos, was the 'boss' who coordinated through mail. After their arrest, the trio's mail accounts were disabled and most transactions trashed," a police officer said. 

Another officer, explaining the modus operandi, said, "Money was collected from customers in Kerala and Mumbai for booking flight tickets or for recharging mobile phones. And half of it sent to the three Nigerians in Chennai. The three took 10% and sent the rest to Nigeria; from where the 'boss' sent back stolen credit card data which was used to book air tickets or recharge mobile phones."

The trio also ordered many pairs of shoes through websites using fake names and addresses and sent them to Nigeria where they were sold for low prices. The trio got a share of the sales, police said.

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