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Fraudsters Withdraw N12M From Ecobank ATM In Ghana Using 150 Access & GT Bank Cards Stolen From Nigeria

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August 1st, 2016 –  6 Nigerian Fraudsters Withdraw $30,000 From Ecobank ATM In Ghana Using 150 Access & GT Bank Cards Stolen From Nigeria

6 suspected Nigerian fraudsters have been arrested for withdrawing about $30,000 (N12million) from an Ecobank Automated Teller Machine (ATM) in Ghana. The fraud, which has sent panic into the banking community in the former Gold Coast, has put other banks, especially those originating from Nigeria on the alert, prompting Access Bank to issue a statement to its customers that their savings were intact and secure.

According to the report in a Ghanaian online news site, the assurance follows the arrest of six Nigerians who made illegal withdrawals at VISA ATM machines in the country. The six Nigerians being questioned are suspected to be part of a syndicate that withdrew the money amounting to over GHS150, 000 ($30,000) from an Ecobank ATM.

The report also indicated that the police retrieved a total of 150 Access Bank and GT Bank ATM cards from the fraudsters and the cards were believed to have been stolen from account holders in Nigeria.

Confirming the case in an interview, Head of Corporate Affairs at Access Bank Ghana, Nana Adu Kyeremanteng, said the case had nothing to do with accounts in Ghana and assured customers that their monies were safe. “There is no cause for worry for customers in Ghana.

These cards are not related to cards issued in Ghana by Access Bank and they are not related to accounts in Access Bank and so our customers have no need to worry on that score.

What we want to say is that we want to assure our customers that they have no need to worry, their funds are intact and this has nothing to do with customers in Ghana,” he stated. According to Kyeremanteng, the police are handling the case, as the crime is not peculiar to Ghana.

[Daily Telegraph]



  1. Metu Nyetu

    August 1, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    These criminals seem to be ahead of all security measures. I don’t believe that they had obtained the card details from their owners. I wonder what banks are doing to this effect.

    • RAPO

      August 1, 2016 at 3:17 PM


  2. Tofunmi

    August 1, 2016 at 1:10 PM

    Since the atms are from nigeria send them back to nigeria for prosecution

  3. sola olaniyi

    August 1, 2016 at 2:04 PM

    just wish they can use this their brain to contribute positively to our nation

  4. Truce

    August 1, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    How come d cards were not reported stolen, and if they were why did d bank not block those cards. The story get k leg.

  5. Maryf

    August 1, 2016 at 3:27 PM

    What a disgrace! Why are Nigerians outside Nigeria loves to tarnish the good image of Nigeria. They should be jailed over there. God forbid!

  6. D Hunter

    August 1, 2016 at 5:51 PM

    A new info about how to alart the securities:
    Any day a robber meet you at the ATM stand and forces you to withdraw money for him, all you need do is dial your code in the reverse version. e.g if your code is 1980 you should dial 0891.

    When you do that, the money will come out but it will get stuck half way out. When this happen, the police must have been alarted immediately by a theft signals from the Bank without your knowledge. And in less than no time, they are there.

    I take a stroll…

    • Bench

      August 1, 2016 at 9:37 PM

      Hunter, are you say true?

    • Metu Nyetu

      August 1, 2016 at 9:38 PM

      @Sharp Shooter, for real?

  7. huchennar

    August 1, 2016 at 6:24 PM

    Nigeria has the best scamming brain ever… i don’t doubt the story neither do I doubt how they got the password but i must say that some bankers are actually involve…

  8. ARLEX

    August 1, 2016 at 10:37 PM

    Maryf pls. note that Nigeria has not anymore good image anywhere around the world. Those who think Nigeria is zoo should be given a listening ear to seceed if that will work in the best interest of the remaining zones of Nigeria The pepertrators of the destructions of Nigerian image do not care the hoot what becomes the negative image of the “zoo” in their estimation, Everyone of the six arrested in Ghana belongs to the tribes proclaiming Nigeria is a zoo and that is very sad indeed. (The names are already in the public domain in Ghana and are all from the East) We certainly cannot force them to belong if they don’t wish to do so, cos the destruction of the name Nigeria by these same people all over the world is food for thought and its time Nigeria sat down to talk how we continue to relate with them moving forward. Former Senegalese President Abdulai Wade once said the ECOWAS union and free movement within the sub-region can be successful ONLY without Nigeria as a member. This is exactly what is playing out in the ATM fraud in Ghana by our brothers from the East.

    • Maryf

      August 2, 2016 at 10:14 AM

      @ ARLEX, what do you wish I say my brother? All these things are getting out of hand.

  9. fifelomo

    August 2, 2016 at 9:14 AM

    @ D HUNTER, thanksm for that information.

  10. Metu Nyetu

    August 2, 2016 at 9:49 PM

    @Fife, don’t tell me you believe that!

  11. fifelomo

    August 2, 2016 at 9:57 PM

    @Metu, gaskia I have.

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