By Emma Una
CALABAR- A Twenty three year old man, Ondavey weize, a
graduate of the Federal University of Agriculture in Makurdi,
Benue state has revealed how he swapped the ATM cards of
several people with invalid cards with which he used in
withdrawing large sums of money from their account.
Weize who has over sixty ATM cards in his possession said
he came into Calabar, the Cross River State capital two
weeks ago from Abuja and has succeeded in swapping the
ATM cards of many people and withdrawn money from their
account with which he spends lavishly in hotels and night
“Some of those cards are not valid but many of them are
valid. What I do is I monitor people making withdrawals in
ATM and I go close to them and pretend to help and when I
notice the persons pin number I immediately memorise it
and while the person is counting his money, I swap his ATM
card with an invalid one and later use it to make
withdrawals from his account”.
He said he had used the method to withdraw several
millions of naira from people’s account and does not think
of returning to the school he graduated from since 2013 to
collect his certificate. “I am not keen in collecting my
certificate from my school or going for national service
because I make enough cash from my business to take care
of my needs”.
Weize who is from Vandeikyia in Benue State said he was
introduced into the nefarious business by a friend from
Ondo State whom he met in Abuja and they were doing “the
business together and after some time we parted our ways
and have not seen each other for the past three months”.
The young man was arrested in Calabar over the weekend
while trying to swap his card with that of another person in
one on the premises of one of the new generation banks on
Calabar Road and in his possession was 258,000 .00 in cash
Mr Titilayo Busari, the Cross River State Police
Commissioner who paraded the young man called people to
be careful whom to ask for assistance while making
withdrawals through ATM.
‘They should ask the bank staff to help them or should come
with trusted people from their homes to avoid falling into
the wrong hands”.
Mr Busari said the Cross River Police Command is ready to
ensure criminal activities are reduced to the barest
minimum during the Yuletide season and called on the
public to avail the police with information about suspicious
characters in their neighbourhood.
By Emma Una