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In Lagos: Fraudster disguises as official, defrauds customer inside banking hall

A businessman at Trade Fair Market, Lagos, Mr Taiwo Adebari, is at loggerheads with Fidelity Bank over a N645,000 fraud that occurred at the bank’s branch in the Balogun area of the market.


Adebari stated that the bank had been evasive in refunding half of the payment as allegedly directed by the police.

But an official absolved the financial institution of any wrongdoing, claiming the depositor and the security company, Hogan Guards Limited, working with the bank were to blame.

Punch correspondent learnt that Adebari, who deals in wristwatches, had sent his son, Sefiu, to deposit the money at the bank on August 21, 2019, around 3.30pm.

It was gathered that Sefiu, 18, filled a teller at the banking hall and was about to proceed to the bulk room to make a deposit when an elderly man asked him for assistance in filling his own teller.



While Sefiu was helping out the stranger, a young corporately dressed man approached him on the pretext of being an official of the bank and offered to help him deposit the money. As Sefiu was busy helping out the elderly man, the well-dressed conman left with the money.

More than 15 minutes later when the man did not return with evidence of deposit, it dawned on the teenager that he had fallen victim to fraud.

Adebari explained that his son returned to the shop crying that he had been defrauded and that the bank manager wanted to see him (the father).

Adebari said the bank showed no commitment to pay the money which made him to take the matter to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja, adding that the police invited the bank manager and the CCTV recording was properly replayed.



Adebari explained that SARS eventually asked the bank to refund half of the money, adding that the bank manager had been evasive.

Narrating his experience at the bank that day to our correspondent, Sefiu said, “While I was filling the teller, an elderly man stood beside me, filling his teller as well. A man who dressed like a bank official approached the elderly man and offered to assist him deposit the money.

However, an official of the bank, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, said the bank was not complicit in the incident.



The official explained that the CCTV recording revealed that the suspect was not a worker of the bank.

An enquiry on the case sent to the email of Hogan Guards Limited, the private security outfit working with the bank, since Thursday, November 14, had yet to be replied to as of press time.

Efforts to get the comment of the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana, on the matter proved abortive as he did not pick up calls to his mobile. He had also yet to reply to a message sent to him as of press time. Punch
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