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Two Security Guards Arrested In Crackdown On ATM Fraud

Police in Masaka District are holding two security guards for stealing from people at bank ATM machines.

The suspects, one attached to Saracen Uganda Limited and the other attached to Security Group Africa (SGA) were apprehended using CCTV cameras installed in the banks.

Southern Regional Police spokesperson Paul Kangave confirmed the arrests.

“The suspects were tracked using CCTV cameras trying to defraud people through exchanging their ATM cards with fake ones, there is another one who is still at large but we shall also get him,” Mr Kangave said on Tuesday.

He said the suspects took advantage of providing security at banks to rob people and warned bank customers against  trusting  guards with their ATMs.

During interrogation, the suspects denied involvement in theft but said they give soft loans to fellow security guards and upon being paid monthly salaries, its them who go and withdraw   money from  ATM machines, adding that that is why they are seen in cameras many times.

Mr Kangave said the suspects have been charged with seven counts of electronic fraud contrary to Section 19 of the Computer Misuse Act and will soon appear in court.

ATM fraud cases are on the rise. Last year, one of the cases involved a victim whose bank card was stolen by a stranger who interrupted her while transacting on a Centenary Bank ATM at Kyaliwajala.

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On viewing the CCTV camera footage on February 24, 2018, the officers identified a one Denis Etunu, 38, who is habitual fraudster, according to police. The victim fell prey to the suspect who claimed that the ATM was “faulty” and was told to press hard while punching her secret code.

By punching hard, the suspect noticed the code, memorized it, went to another ATM outlet and withdrew Shs2 million.

Investigators say a warrant of arrest for Etunu was issued following a skipped bail on criminal offence No. 808 of 2017 on 35 counts of theft.

 

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