Tuesday, 3 April 2018
Photos: Graphic shows how mobile phones stolen on the streets of the UK make their way to Nigeria
Nigerian crime lords are making millions from mobile phones stolen on the streets of Britain by moped gangs.
Mobile phones snatched from pedestrians are advertised as 'UK used' iPhones for sale in Nigeria's capital of Lagos, where they are sold at knock-down prices. Nigeria has not signed up to a global deal effectively blacklisting stolen phones so gangs are continuing to supply tens of thousands of phones to crime bosses in the oil-rich African country. The phones they steal are first stripped of their data which is used by gangs to try and hack bank accounts. They are then sold on in bulk to middle men who ship them to eastern Europe where technology experts working for criminal gangs steal users' private information. The phones are then finally sold to crime lords in Nigeria, as well as Algeria and India. An investigation by The Sun found stolen iPhones from the UK being sold in the Lagos suburb of Ikeja for £560.
Posted by Oluwatoyin Balogun at 23:00