Emmanuel Saleh, a 22-year-old resident of Rafin-Zurfi area in Bauchi State, alongside four other suspects, have been nabbed by the police for cybercrime, locally known as Yahoo.
Saleh, also known as Wizblaq and his cohorts were busted on May 20, 2022, by the police operatives of the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), in an enclosed apartment at Kirfi Road, GRA, Bauchi.
Ahmed Wakili, the spokesman of the Bauchi State police command in a statement said the apartment is where Saleh train youths who want to venture into cybercrime.
Details of other suspects as given by Wakili include, Matthias Akronyi (also known as Mad Kid), a 20-year-old resident of Block 24, 82 Division’s Army Barracks, Enugu State, Patience Nuhu, 21, Bulus Haruna, 18, and Kingsley Simon, 19 — all residing in Rafin-Zurfi, Bauchi.
Wakili listed laptops, four sound systems and a power generator among other items recovered from the suspects.
According to him, Emmanuel and his team targeted foreign women under a proxy server, hacked by spoofing the victim’s email account/website which makes it possible to carry out variations in the legitimate email of the victims to fool and gain access to their (victims) accounts.
The suspects, during interrogation, confessed to the crime, Wakili stated, adding the state’s commissioner of police had ordered that the suspects be charged to the court after due investigation.
His words: “Consequently, the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi State Command CP. Umar Mamman Sanda advised the citizens of Bauchi State to take note of the following precautions to mitigate against cybercrime”, the release further contained.
”The general public is to be careful of the information they shared online (e.g pet names, Date of Birth etc), and don’t click on anything in an unsolicited email/SMS asking to update or verify account information.
”They are also to carefully examine the email address, URL, and spelling used in any correspondence and set up two factors (or multi-factor) authentication on any account that allows it.”