ATM: Bauchi Police Uncovers New Trick By Criminals

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By Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
IN its effort to checkmate cases of fraud at ATM points in the state, Bauchi State Police Command through its operatives from the State Intelligence Bureau (SUB) has arrested one Abdullahi Buhari, 27yrs of Zoo Road, Kano, at Union Bank ATM point while attempting to defraud one Dauda Habila 36yrs of Yelwan Makaranta, Bauchi, under the pretense of assisting him.
According to a press statement from the command, the suspect and his accomplice, one Umar now at large specialised in tricking bank customers while trying to withdraw money from ATM by pretending to be assisting them on how to make the withdrawal effectively.
The statement signed by the PPRO, DSP Kamal Datti Abubakar contained that in the process they will then swap the customer’s ATM card with another one of the same bank and also memorise his PIN number, thereafter escape with his ATM card immediately to another ATM point and withdraw money from his account.
Exhibits recovered from the suspect include: Twenty (20) pieces of ATM cards of different banks, two (2) National Identity Card belonging to one Bashir Bala and Two (2) MTN SIM certificates.
The PPRO then stated that the suspect will be charged to court after completion of investigation as soon as possible.
“Finally the command is advising the general public especially bank customers not to trust any unknown person to them that may attempt to assist them at ATM points and in a case for any difficulty they should contact the bank staff for assistance.”