Nigeria is full of scammers on the lookout for their next victim. Due to the fact that people are now very alert, they've also devised a new means to steal money from people's accounts. The story I'm about to share with you was shared by a colleague of mine on our group. It happened to someone recently whose identity is going to be withheld here. This was what my colleague forwarded to our group. It's the words of the almost victim of bank fraud.
"At 1:30pm yesterday, I got a phone call from 08148292037 who claimed to be Mr Benjamin from First Bank, Abuja. He gave my full names, BVN number, Date of Birth, my Alert phone number, which he called, also the 5 digit number I used to create my First Bank mobile bank application.
He said that one Mr Usman created a Union bank account, and is trying to move money from my First Bank account to the Union bank. He claimed he stopped the transaction and is trying to verify if I authorized such transaction, which is the reason I have not gotten any debit Alert. I asked him to go ahead to block the transaction, for I didn't authorize any online transaction.
He then asked if I gave my ATM card to anyone or used my ATM recently, I said NO.
He then asked if I have my ATM card with me, and demanded that I should read out the ATM digit numbers to enable him stop the transaction. I told him that he had already stopped the transaction and have gotten a clarification from me, which is enough to enable him block whatever that needs to be blocked, if he is truly a first bank staff.
As I refused to call out the numbers, he then asked whether this isn't the first 5 numbers. He then asked what the next number was. I told him that I would never read out my number to someone who claimed to be First Bank of Nigeria staff over the phone, that I will rather go to any First Bank office & complain. He then asked me if he is a ghost and not a First Bankstaff to have all my details. As I annoyed him by not giving in, he switched off the phone.
A message came in, as I checked the message on my phone, there was already a message from Union Bank, showing Account opening Authentication numbers 872395, 973392.
I quickly rushed to First Bank. The Customer care personnel asked me not to bother about anything as long as I didn't read out those numbers to him or give him my ATM pin or the three digits number at the back of my ATM card. Please be guided. it is so real & convincing that I believe some Fraudulent bank staffs connive with these DIE HARD HOOLIGANS to dupe innocent customers"
I read this story and was very alarmed. We all need to be extra careful with the calls we recieve because these days are evil. Please share with anyone who need to see this. You can drop your comments and questions in the comments section. Thanks.
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