Sunday 25th June, 2017
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Suspected ATM fraudster nabbed in Suleja

Suspected ATM fraudster nabbed in Suleja

A 25-year-old man, Matthew Ewah Ben­jamin, was yesterday arrested after defrauding two persons through the Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) of a new generation bank in Suleja.

The complaint by one of the victims led to his arrest and was handed over to the police in Suleja.

It was gathered that the suspect who hails from Agatu in Benue State and works in Betnaija, Mpape, Abuja had defrauded two persons respectively of N85,000; N25,000; N20,000 and N40,000 separately.

One of the victims and complainant narrated his ordeal to The AUTHORITY saying that, “Last Friday, I was at the ATM stand. I was finding it difficult to operate the machine until I met this young man, thinking he was one of the security guards attached to the bank.

“He hurriedly came to me and showed me how to insert my ATM card. I put my pin myself and he asked me how much I wanted to withdraw. I told him N40,000. Immediately, I received an alert that I had been debited but I did not see the money.

“Unknown to me, the suspect had transferred the money to his account, pre­tended and said to me ‘what is wrong with this your ac­count?’ He asked me to put my pin number again and I was debited another N40,000. This time, I saw the money.

“Coming yesterday to lay my complaint to the bank officials after the Easter break, I was told that some­one helped me to withdraw the money into another ac­count. They asked me if I would identify the suspect if I was shown the photograph and I said yes because we were together at the ATM for long. As I was coming out of the bank, I sighted him trying to defraud un­suspecting people who might be finding it difficult to use the ATM.

“I quickly alerted the se­curity guards and the bank officials. From there, he was caught and handed over to the Police.”

The DPO, Suleja, CSP Mohammed Mohammed confirmed the arrest and called on the public to be wary of who they ask for assistance while using the ATM.