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Police nab ATM card fraudster in Enugu



A young man , who specialised in dispossessing his victims of their bank Automated Teller Machine cards after obtaining their pin numbers has been arrested by the police in Enugu .The suspect , Obinna Okafor , moves about with ‘ fake ’ ATM cards , which he usually switches with those of his victims , who he pretends to assist while they are making cash withdrawals at ATM points in various banks within Enugu metropolis .

It was gathered that , once Okafor observes that a customer was having difficulties with the ATM transaction , he would rush to the person ’ s assistance , and in the process , memorise the victim ’ s pin number , after which he will switch the ATM card with one of the fake cards he has in his possession .

The spokesman for the Enugu State Police Command , Mr . Ebere Amaraizu , who confirmed the development , said Okafor was apprehended in the act on October 8 , 2018 , in the New Haven area of Enugu .

Amaraizu disclosed that the alarm raised by a female victim , who Okafor had just dispossessed of her ATM card after first obtaining her pin number while pretending to help her , attracted the attention of police operatives who were on duty at the first generation bank.

“ The woman was apparently having difficulties with her transaction before the suspect pretended to help her and in the process , smartly exchanged her ATM card with a fake one , after obtaining her pin number .

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“ The suspect was about to escape when the woman raised the alarm , which attracted the attention of the operatives on duty , who moved swiftly to arrest him , ” Amaraizu said .

Twelve ATM cards belonging to various banks were recovered from Okafor after he was arrested.

Amaraizu added that the suspect would be charged to court after ongoing investigations into his criminal activities .

Meanwhile , the Enugu State Police Command has advised members of the public to be security conscious , especially while making ATM withdrawals .

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