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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Right in the bank, graduate steals customer’s transfer slip, forges signature, tries withdrawing N110k


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On Monday luck ran out of Lukeman Ibrahim, as he attempted to withdraw N110, 000 from another customer’s account, after stealing his transfer slip, then forging the victim’s signature on a bank withdrawals slip, right there in the bank, before proceeding to carry out the fraud. 

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However, he was arrested by the bank’s security personnel who handed him over to the Police when his face could not match that of his victim’s. Ibrahim said he is from Bauchi state and a graduate of Pure Mathematics from the University of Maiduguri. 

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The victim, Theophilus Agada, said he had gone to GTB, Garki branch, Abuja, to transfer some money to another account when the fraud was attempted on his account. 

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He said, unknown to him, the suspect stole his transfer slip after he had transferred the money and gone and then attempted to withdraw the said sum before he was caught.

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He said it was the bank who called his attention to the attempted fraud. According to him, ” I was already out of the bank premises when they called me and said someone wanted to make a withdrawal from my account. They said they had to call me because the suspect’s face did not match mine.

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On getting to my bank, I saw that the suspect forged exactly my signature and my full name. Everything was perfect except his face which gave him away. This is the second time the suspect is trying to defraud people at the bank. 

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Last week, he attempted defrauding another person at the Area 3 branch of GT Bank but was arrested and later bailed only for him to repeat the same crime at Area 11 today. 

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People should be very alert as someone standing next could be a thief.” Ibrahim 

was taken to Garki police station where he was remanded. The suspect who was visibly under the influence of some drugs, pleaded that he went into the fraud business because he was hungry. Crdt: Vanguardngr 

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