EFCC arrests ATM fraudster


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Makurdi Zonal Office, has arrested one Ikechukwu Sunday Onovo, a 32-year-old suspected money transfer fraudster at one of the new generation banks in Otukpo, Benue State.


The commission in a statement said he is an indigene of Nkanu-west Local Government of Enugu State, but resides in Makurdi.

“Onovo’s method includes going to Benue State University Gate to report to the security that he lost his ATM card.

“The unwary security men would then hand over the pack of lost but found ATM cards of students to him to check if his own was among. And he would steal some of the cards.

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“With the stolen cards, Onovo would hang around ATM points to offer help to people who have problems operating the machine and in the process, deliberately gives his victim his stolen card and takes his or her own.

“He will later go back to withdraw all his victim’s money”, it reads.

Onovo disclosed that he has made more than N1million through the fraud.

He pointed out that there were so many other young men in the crime, who are operating in different locations in the country.

At the point of his arrest, the EFCC recovered two ATM cards, N15,000, ring, necklace and bracelets from him.

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EFCC added that he will soon be charged to court.

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