The Police Command in Enugu State has arrested a three- man Automated Teller Machine (ATM ) fraud syndicate operating within Enugu city.
In a statement on Friday in Enugu , the command ’ s spokesman , SP Ebere Amaraizu , said the police operatives recovered 30 ATM cards belonging to different individuals from the syndicate.
Amaraizu said the syndicate was smashed by the command ’ s Anti Cultism Squad who acted on a well-coordinated intelligence information.
He said the syndicate specialised in swindling their victims of hard -earned money from their bank accounts through their ATM cards transactions.
According to him , they do this smartly under the pretext of offering assistance to customers, but exchange their non – workable ATM cards to the genuine customers ’ own.
“ They will pick the real ATM cards and also spy on the pin code of the genuine customers ’ cards.
“ They use this trick to wreck havoc on the affected victims and hereby withdrawing all the customers ’ deposit in a matter of some hours, ’’ he said.
He gave the suspects ’ names as Chinweuba Ogodo , a tricycle operator in the city , and from Ezza in Ebonyi; Okechukwu Nwoke , a bus driver from Ahiazu Mbaise , Imo ; and Sopuruchi Emmanuel from Alayi Bende, Abia; all resident in Enugu .
Amaraizu said that Ogodo regretted his involvement in the crime and blamed it on lack of knowledge.
He said Ogodo confessed that as a commercial tricycle rider , he was always contracted by Nwoke and Emmanuel to convey them to banks with crowded ATM customers where they hanged around to discover their preys.
He said that a full scale investigation into the incident had begun.
The police spokesman advised members of the public to be vigilant , security conscious and wary of those that would try to offer them help at any ATM machine.