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Man loses Sh83,000 in ATM fraud

By NDERITU GICHURE | January 6th 2015

Othaya, Kenya: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers in Othaya, are investigating the mysterious disappearance of Sh 83,000 from a farmers' account, using an unknown ATM card.

Martin Gathee Muruga, had lodged a complaint claiming that unknown people had been withdrawing money from his savings account.

Sources at the CID office told The Standard that three banks in Othaya town where the money is alleged to have being withdrawn have disputed the claim.

"The Barclays bank, the KCB, and the Equity bank have all disowned the machine that was used to make the three withdrawals, "the source who sought anonymity said.

He further said the bank and the police are carrying out forensic investigations to establish whether the said card was a duplicate or belongs to the customer.

Muruga said the bank had promised to refund the money if investigations established the existence of a duplicate card, noting that at the moment there is no footage to indicate who the fraudsters are.

The source further revealed that Muruga took a long time to realise money was missing from his account and report the matter to the police.

Muruga claimed the fraudsters invaded his accounts between August 19 and September 2 last year using his ATM card.

"I have never shared my pin number with anybody, not even my wife or my children. I was shocked to learn that Sh83,000 is missing from my account,"Muruga said.

"I want the bank to refund my money since I need it urgently for my children’s school fees who are returning to school for the first term," he stated.

He added that the bank promised to conduct investigations over the matter but was yet to give him a reply almost four months later, since making first the complaint.

According to the documents in our possession, several more attempts to withdraw the money have been made in several banks in Othaya town including the Wananchi Sacco.



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