Hacker ‘steals’ $40,000 from Neymar’s bank accounts

Brazilian police have arrested a man who they believe hacked into Neymar’s bank accounts and repeatedly stole small amounts of money amounting to more than $40,000.

According to Reuters, the suspect worked in a bank where Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) footballer and his father, who happens to be his business manager, had accounts.

Police, in a statement, said the 20-year-old suspect was apprehended on Wednesday.

Speaking on Brasil Urgente, a Brazilian TV show, Fabio Pinheiro Lopes, the police officer in charge of the case, explained how the alleged theft took place.

“What did that boy do?” Fabio asked. “He got the password from his co-worker and stole small amounts of money from famous people with high net worth.”

“These people didn’t notice anything. He made (a transfer) 10,000 (reais) ($1,912.59), then another 10,000, then 20,000, then 50,0000 and the total came to 200,000.

Fabio also revealed that Neymar has been reimbursed by the bank.

“When they found out, they called the bank. The bank reimbursed the victim [Neymar Jr.] and investigated who was behind it all,” he added.

Neymar is in Brazil recovering from a left ankle injury that kept him out for two months.

He did, however, return to full training with PSG training on Thursday.

Shawanda H. Saldana