Crime & Investigation

Uganda ATM Fraud Sends Customers Over The Edge


price geneva;”>Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, drug Idi Ibin Ssenkumbi said, since January 2013 customers’ money has been stolen from at least 20 banks through ATM cards.

Among these include Centenary bank, Global Trust, Finance Trust, Stanbic bank, Orient bank, KCB, Barclays among others.

Speaking to Chimpreports on Wednesday, Ssenkumbi warned Ugandans against fraudsters who are normally dressed smartly, standing next to ATM machines posing as staffs pretending to help any person having a challenge with the machine.

John Muhumuza, a Customer Care Consultant at one of the Stanbic banks in Kampala town revealed that the same incident happened at their branch.

“Two men of the Indian national were caught with about 200 ATM cards at our ATM machine ready to withdraw money from different accounts. But they were arrested in time before they could steal anything,” said Muhumuza.

Ssenkumbi emphasized: “People with bank accounts should be careful with their ATM cards and pins because these fraudsters can easily hack into their accounts and withdraw all their money.”

It should be noted that these ATM fraudsters usually rob money at different banks especially at night to avoid being detected.

A familiar ATM fraud incident that has ever happened in Uganda is when police arrested four Bulgarians in Kampala in August 2012 for allegedly forging ATM cards.

They were detained by police as they attempted to withdraw money from an ATM machine at Stanbic Bank in Nateete, Kampala. They were using a microchip and a phone battery to gain access to all the bank customers’ accounts.

According to the United Nations Report, the banking sector in Africa is facing ATM syndicates attacks from both local and foreign origin.

In the recent media reports from Tanzania, a Bulgarian couple was convicted for using fake ATM cards to steal people’s money.

In Nairobi, a Russian national was also arrested for suspected ATM fraud from a certain commercial bank. Kenya is also noticing various variable similarities.


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