The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Wednesday tendered an iPhone and a laptop belonging to a singer, Azeez Fashola, a.k. a Naira Marley, as exhibits at the Federal High Court in Lagos.
Fashola is arraigned by the EFCC on an 11-count charge of conspiracy, possession of counterfeit credit cards and fraud.
He was first arraigned on May 20 before Justice Nicholas Oweibo, but he denied the charges and was granted bail in the sum of N2million and two sureties in like sum.
His co-accused, Yad Isril, is said to be at large.
At Wednesday’s proceedings, an officer in the EFCC Forensic Department, Nuru Buhari, told the court how the commission retrieved “damning evidence of credit card fraud from the singer’s iPhone and laptop.
According to the investigator, the analysis of Marley’s laptop showed that he used the top five most-visited websites which dealt in buying and selling of stolen credit cards.
While responding to questions from the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, the witness said that during analysis, the cache file and history file revealed that the most frequently visited sites by the user of the computer included:“arder007.org, Zuni.sa, nationwidecheckbalance.co.uk, ferunshop.net AMD cocoa.co.uk,”
According to him, analysis of the websites revealed that: “Web 1 is where stolen card information is being sold to intending fraudsters, web 2 is for stolen credit cards specifically for the United Kingdom, while web 3 is an online website designed for UK cardholders to check their balance wherever they are around the world.
“Web 4 is a dark web meaning an underground tunnel on the Internet where stolen credit card information are sold and traded, web 5 is an online shopping mall where members are given discounts for shopping from certain shops,” he added.
Buhari told the court that his team also found a file named, Select BIN 101.txt and .txt., and after opening the file they discovered that it contained “stolen credit card information with a special status that allows transactions up to $12,000 without a pin or physical card.
“When we ran the BIN code search for the first six digits of the cards, it revealed they are Visa cards issued by Barclay’s Bank and Santander UK plc,” he concluded.
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