Woman arrested for using 23 stolen ATM cards to embezzle people

The Police in Tanzania said they have recovered twenty-three ATM cards from a middle-aged woman who was suspected she had stolen to them from clients, ZimEye reports.

The suspect identified as Halima Juma got arrested at CRDB bank ATM in Mbagala, Tanzania after she was using different cards of the same bank to withdraw money from one ATM machine.

The eyewitness who told ZimEye said “When the suspect was searched by police, ATM cards belonging to nine different banks which were hidden in her private parts were recovered. They included CRDB Bank 7, Equity 1, Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) 1 , CFC Stanbic 1, NBC 2, NMB 6, Amana 2, Posta 2 and ACB 1,” read the police report.

It was gathered that the chief regional police, Lazaro Mambosasa, said that Halima was caught on several cameras in ATM rooms when she was attempting to withdraw money using different cards in the ATM Machine.

Mambosasa said that there were several cases with the one mikala reported against the suspect in the past concerning going into ATM rooms pretending to assist the less privileged elderly men to withdraw their money from the bank. But while helping them, she will exchange their cards and give them another one.

“On October 25, 2019, one Ernest Mika Sakala, a retired senior soldier in Tanzania, reported at the Mbagala Maturubai Police Station that on October 23, at around 4pm, a woman, unknown to him, exchanged his ATM card of CRDB Bank with another of the same bank.
“So, When Sakala went to withdraw money he noticed that the card he had was not his and went to inquire from the bank. The bank informed him that over KSh 442,000 had been withdrawn from his account”.

The regional police boss confirmed “the suspect have been targeting the elderly rich-but-illiterate men and women, and pretend to help them withdraw money from ATM machines. She said they usually ask the users for their PIN numbers, and once they reveal the information, they lie to them that the ATM card has been ‘swallowed’.”

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