As security operatives beam their searchlight on kidnappers, trying to flush them out of Kaduna State, new criminal elements have emerged in ATMs of different banks across the State.
The criminals pose like customers coming to withdraw money from ATM of their chosen banks.
Sometimes, they come on bike, or cars which they used to dupe their unsuspecting ATM withdrawing customers.
As customers log in their ATMs, they strategically position themselves to ensure they get their victims’ ATM pin.
Once the customer is done, they will grab his ATM and rush to another ATM or POS where they will empty the victim’s account.
Some others used strategies of assisting customers who have tried unsuccessful to log in. As they pushed in the ATM card of their victim, they hurriedly removed it, exchange it with another ATM which they obtained fraudulently and zoom off.
One Alhaji Yahaya Umar said he was duped on Monday to the tune of 500,000 Naira.
” I went to GTB along Barnawa Kaduna road to withdraw 100,000 Naira. I met two young men standing. I made attempt to withdraw, but ATM rejected my card. One of the young man said I should give him to assist me, which I did.
“While he was cleaning the ATM, another one standing beside me, tapped me, if my car was parked in the right place. It was when my attention was diverted that his friend told me I should put my pin. I didn’t know he pushed in a different ATM. They left immediately, and I continued to press the button unsuccessfully. It was after a while, the ATM rejected the card. Behold, it was another bank’s ATM,” he said.
Alhaji Umar said three minutes later, he received a debit alert of 100,000, 200,000, until all his life savings was withdrawn.
Another victim, Mrs. Alice Jonathan said she went to first bank ATM to withdraw money, but since she doesn’t know how to log in, she requested the assistance of one of the two young men she met standing.
“When I gave him my ATM, he pushed it and asked me to log in, he saw me log in with my pin. He suddenly pressed one key, and my card came out. He told me it was network problem while holding my ATM.
“All of a sudden, he stepped out, and climbed awaiting motorcycle and sped off. While I cried for help, immediately, I received alert of N20,000.
“Behold, they went to OPS to withdraw my money,” she lamented.
Kaduna state has been known for kidnapping business as parents of victims cough out large sums of money to kidnappers before their victims could be released.
As security agents begin manhunt, combing bushes and kidnappers’ den, another criminal gang surfaced in the State.
The Kaduna State Police Command PRO, ASP Mohammed Jalige could not pick his calls, and could not respond to text message sent to him.