April 24, 2024

Witness reveals how Visa flagged Naira Marley’s credit card for fraud

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Witness reveals how Visa flagged Naira Marley's credit card for fraud

Glory Ebomah

The 10th prosecution witness, PW10, in the trial of Nigerian singer,  Azeez Fashola, (a.k.a Naira Marley), Dein Whyte, an investigator with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, November 30, 2023, told Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ikoyi, Lagos how Visa, a card payment platform, flagged one of the credit card details found on a device belonging to the singer,  due to fraudulent transactions.

Naira Marley is standing trial on 11-count charges bordering on conspiracy and credit card fraud brought against him by the EFCC. Led in evidence by the prosecution counsel, Bilikisu Buhari, the PW10 said: “As part of the findings from the investigation,  forensic analysis revealed that malicious programmes that are being used to illegally obtain credit card information, which can be used for card non-present transactions, were found on the device that was recovered from the defendant upon his arrest” Also revealed were malicious tools used to disguise the active location of an internet user when his or her devices are connected to the internet.”

Whyte also disclosed that “tools that are used to verify the validity, active state and accuracy of credit card credentials as well as the region of the issuer of that card were discovered on the defendant’s device.  The analysis further revealed the website that had been accessed on the computer of the defendant through his browser history. The websites include sites where credit card information is illegally traded.”

He explained further that the phone and the laptop recovered from the defendant were both registered with his credentials, name, and email address. When asked by the prosecution counsel to state the result of his findings on the credit card details on the defendant’s device, Whyte responded, “Concerning the card details recovered from the device of the defendant, investigations revealed that he also exchanged those details with other persons.

Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Dele Oyewale, in a statement on Thursday evening, said the witness further stated that one of the cards was reported to have been fraudulently used for a transaction by Visa.

According to him, the card details that had the defendant’s device neither belonged to him nor were issued to him by any financial institution.

Under cross-examination by the defendant’s counsel, Olalekan Ojo, SAN, Whyte informed the court that a letter of investigation was written to Visa and that it confirmed that the card had been flagged for fraudulent transactions. He, however, said that Visa didn’t link the credit card fraud to the defendant’s device “because the investigation was on the card and not on the device being used for the fraud.” He also stressed that Visa is a payment platform and not a telecommunication company.

Justice Oweibo adjourned the case to March 6 and 7, 2024 for continuation of trial.

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