The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), have arrested a 27 years old suspect and indigene of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nwamannah Chuks Ifeanyi, for alleged ATM card fraud.
A statement by the EFCC’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in Port Harcourt said he was picked up at the Fruits Market, Wuse Zone II, Abuja, following an intelligence report.
At the point of arrest, 41 ATM cards of different banks, bearing various names, were found in his possession.
Other items recovered from him are a Toyota Venza car with Registration Number KUJ -300 MK, one PoS Machine, two Apple Laptop computers, six iPhones, one Nokia torchlight, one Apple wrist watch and one Driver’s license.
The Benue State University graduate of Political Science and agent to a soccer betting company, claims he uses the ATM cards for Chargeback.
Chargeback is the fraudulent act of using an ATM card to withdraw money and afterwards call the bank to dispute the transaction and ask for a reversal.
He will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.
Recall that Operatives of the Rivers State Police Command had successfully apprehended one Promise Dogoh, a 23-year-old native of Kamnor community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, who specialized in swapping ATM Cards, belonging to individuals at several ATM points in Rivers State and subsequently stealing money from their accounts.
The man however ran out of luck when on 22/04/22 at ATM gallery in Artillery, he successfully swapped the ATM card of a victim and withdrew the sum of N 640,000, leaving the victim with nothing in his account.
In a statement by the Acting Police Public Relation Officer, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko said the frustrated victim reported the matter to Operatives of the State Command who promptly swung into action and arrested the culprit and he is currently helping the Police in the investigation and shall soon appear in court.
Acting PRO statement further said the Commissioner of Police, CP Eboka Friday, admonished the good people of Rivers State to be wary of strangers at ATM galleries and desist from seeking assistance from them, but should rather approach staffers of the banks who can easily be identified.