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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Pandemonium In Umuahia As Hackers Break Into Bank's Database, Siphon Millions From Customers' Accounts

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There was pandemonium yesterday at two branches of a commercial bank in Umuahia, Abia State, when many customers stormed the bank over incessant withdrawals made from their accounts which ran into millions. Many customers reportedly besieged a commercial bank in Umuahia, the Abia State capital on Tuesday over withdrawals running into millions of Naira made from their accounts at midnight.
According to a shocking report by Vanguard, as early as 8.00am, many customers of the bank crowded the two branches of the bank located along Bank Road in Umuahia, with lamentations over debit alerts, amounting to millions of naira which they received between 1am and 3am yesterday.
It was gathered that the customers who stated that the unusual withdrawal occurred very early in the morning while they were asleep, expressed shock that they woke up to see that the money in their accounts have been withdrawn.
While speaking to a correspondent, a senior staff of one of the affected branches, blamed the incident on “international hackers” who infiltrated into the bank systems.
He assured the customers that the monies were not lost as it remained in what he called “Lean Account,” meaning that the funds are still in the bank and the affected accounts have been blocked.
He said: “We have contacted our headquarters and we assure customers not to panic as their money is not lost.”
A victim of the hackers identified as Mrs Nnenna Ukachi, who could not control her tears, stated that she came all the way from Bende Local Government Area of the state to withdraw the sum of N250,000 to complete payment to transfer a sick daughter to the Universty of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, only to find that her account has been emptied.
The woman who couldn’t control her tears, lamented that the money was sent by a good Nigerian who read about the plight of her only child and decided to help.
She said: “My life is finished, what will I do? That money is my only hope from God and now, the bank is telling me a story I can’t understand. What should I do?”.
Another victim identified as Onwuchekwa Chinatu, an Umuahia-based legal practitioner said that he raced all the way from Ikwuano this morning when he noticed the strange withdrawal alerts that occurred in his account last night.
He said that thousands of naira meant for workers salary deposited in the bank have been withdrawn and the entire account emptied.
Another customer of the bank and a civil servant told Vanguard that the money in his account was a loan he collected from the bank where his salary is domiciled.

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