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Fraudster who swaps customers’ ATM cards and steals money from their accounts arrested in Yobe

Yobe State Police Command has arrested a wanted fraudster, Justice Gibson, who specialized in swapping Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards of bank customers to defraud them. 

Spokesperson of the command, DSP Dungus Abdulkarim, who disclosed this in a statement on Thursday, September 28, 2023, said the suspect sneaks around ATM galleries to fraudulently steal cards from unsuspecting people and withdraw money from their accounts. 

“On 27 September 2023 at about 1300hrs the State Intelligent Bureau (SIB) arrested one Justice Gibson 28 years old, of Karim Lamido, Taraba State at the First Bank ATM gallery along Gashua Road, Damaturu in possession of various ATM Cards from different Banks used for swapping after defrauding unsuspecting victim at ATM points. He was apprehended while in an attempt to dispose of One Musti Kafa’s ATM Card,” the statement read.

“The culprit confessed to defrauding people of their ATM Card at the ATM gallery by roaming around the gallery observing for any person who may have challenged using the ATM and volunteering to help, in the process he would get their PIN and eventually swap the Card and suddenly give reason to leave for another ATM leaving his victim with fake ATM Card and withdraw all the money in the account.

“It is on this note, that the Commissioner of Police, CP Garba Ahmad, advised that people should be vigilant while at ATMs for such types of criminal elements. The Command is committed to fighting such crimes at ATM galleries across the state.” 


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