Some suspected fraudsters have stolen over N700,000 using the Automated Teller Machine card of a furniture maker, Adegoke Fashola. The suspects tricked Fashola’s apprentice, Segun Abiodun, whom he had asked to make withdrawal at the Ikotun Road branch of Access Bank Plc. 15-year-old Abiodun was around the bank premises when he was approached by three men who claimed to be prophets.
They were said to have asked him to go and get N10 salt and taken the ATM card from him after he divulged the PIN code.The suspects withdrew over N700,000 from the victim’s account through the ATM and online transactions.Abiodun told Punch that the men said they had a vision for him when he was around the bank premises.
He said, “I was in the bank when three men called me and asked who sent me to withdraw money from the bank. After I told them it was my boss, one of them said they were prophets and they had seen a vision.
“He said I needed prayers and gave me N10 to go to buy salt on the street. They collected the ATM card and the PIN code. But by the time I returned, they were gone. They didn’t tell me their names, but if I see them, I can recognise them.”
His boss, Fashola, told Punch that although he reported the matter at the Ikotun Police Station and a suspect was arrested, the police were playing pranks on the case, adding that the suspect was released.
He said, “I had money for a customer’s job in the account. And it was not the first time that I would ask Segun (Abiodun) to withdraw money for me.“On Saturday, July 9, around 2pm, I sent him to withdraw some money for me. When he returned and said some men had collected the card, I quickly rushed to the bank. I met some security men and we told them that the fraudsters sat at the gate. “I went in and spoke with two top officials of the bank, who checked my account details and said I had N720,000. A lady at the counter said my account had been blocked and the fraudsters could do nothing again.”
Culled from FAMOUSBLOGNG