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All You Need to Know About the Nigeria’s Black Phone Market in England

A new survey conducted by The Sun News reports that Nigeria’s black phone market is earning millions through the sale of stolen phones in England.

According to Sun’s report, investigators found that iPhones “used in England” were sold for £ 560 in the shops and markets of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. Business is booming for Nigerian racketeers because of the growing demand from oil-rich middle classes in a country where high-tech gadgets are relatively scarce.

And because Nigeria has not signed a global blacklist agreement for stolen phones, the British moped gangs are able to allow the crime bosses supplied by exporting tens of thousands of ransomed mobiles.

MPs urged the police to cut off this supply by cracking down on moped gangs.

Conservative MP Bob Neill, chair of the Commons Justice Committee, said, “This is a very serious issue. We have seen an increase in moped crime across the UK.

Sun investigators found that “UK-used” iPhones were sold for £ 560 in the shops and markets of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos.
And because Nigeria has not signed a comprehensive deal on the blacklist of stolen phones, the British moped gangs are able to keep the crime bosses supplied by exporting tens of thousands of ransomed mobiles.

MPs urged the police to cut off this supply by cracking down on moped gangs.

” The police need to take these crimes more seriously and to make investigations more thorough. And the reports must reflect the fact that it is a serious organized crime that should attract harsher penalties. ”

His conservative colleague Andrew Percy said, “It’s really shocking to think that the violent attacks here in the UK are being used to make black markets in other parts of the world rich. ”

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It is also reported that in 2016 alone more than 440,000 phones were stolen in England. In London alone, there were 60,000 robberies and robberies, almost two-thirds of which were iPhones

From January to June 2017, the MET recorded 16,158 telephone crimes related to mopeds, more than three times reported in the year until June 2016.
Thieves generally operate in pairs. One of them drives the moped while the passenger quickly pulls the phone.

This is how Nigerian gangs earn millions from stolen phones in England

The phones they steal are first searched for data that is used to try to hack the bank accounts.

They are then sold in bulk to intermediaries who ship them to Eastern Europe to be stripped of private and repackaged information. The phones are then put on sale – Nigeria, Algeria and India being the main markets.

The Sun would have witnessed a deal at the Computer Village market in Ikeja, Lagos.

Several stores offered “UK phones and accessories” and “UK used phones at affordable prices”.

“The traders we interviewed insisted that their goods came from reliable sources. A salesman at Emeka Michael EB International Shop said: “Most of our phones come from London. ”

According to The Sun, the lack of regulation of the telephone network in Nigeria makes it an easy target for crooks.

The Sun reportedly contacted a Lagos police spokesman who said he did not know that stolen phones from the UK are being sold in Lagos.

“I’m not aware that the stolen phones from the UK are in Lagos. If there is a complaint about a stolen phone in Lagos, we will investigate. ”

Credit: The SUN

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