BENIN: OPT AND POLICE ARREST IBO LINE TRAFICKER IN BOHICON

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OPT telephone lines at Bohicon in the Zou district have been targeted by line traffickers who are using them to offer calls that they do not pay for. An enquiry by the Head of OPT in Bohicon and the police has uncovered network of line traffickers. OPT has been conducting a surveillance exercise against the traffickers for the last three months. One of the traffickers was arrested last week and all the members of the network are said to come from the Ibo community in Nigeria. Two others fled before the police pounced. They had been exploiting OPT lines situated near Tindji. The traffickers were technically sophisticated had opened up the telephone trunking and installed equipment to divert calls to themselves at no charge. Fraternité

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Meanwhile in South Africa two men have been arrested for allegedly hacking into Telkom's network and operating an illegal exchange. Telkom says the two were found in a Telkom manhole near Heidelberg in Gauteng at 2am on Tuesday last week. They were arrested by Telkom investigating officers and an armed response company and taken to the Heidelberg police station where they were charged with fraud and malicious damage to Telkom's network. Telkom alleges in a statement that the men were responsible for damaging its network by breaking cables and operating their own illegal exchange. Known as “clip-on” fraud, this involves selling phone calls to a network of users by using legitimate lines and reconnecting them to international destinations. Illegal operators then collect money for the calls.