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Police arrest 2 Bulgarians for alleged ATM fraud

Police arrest 2 Bulgarians for alleged ATM fraud (GraphicOnline)Police have arrested two Bulgarians who allegedly cloned ATM cards and succeeded in withdrawing money from the accounts of customers of some banks in the country.

According to the police, the two suspects withdrew cash from the accounts of customers using the ‘Gh-link platform’, a service which enables banks in Ghana to interconnect via Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System

The suspects, Nikolay Petev Nedyalkov, 24, and Petar Petrov Yardanov, 33, are believed to have been living in Ghana for some years.

According to the police, the two suspects withdrew cash from the accounts of customers using the ‘Gh-link platform’, a service which enables banks in Ghana to interconnect via Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems.

The Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police Mr. Prosper Agblor, told journalists that the police began investigations following reports from affected banks that some of their customers have been complaining about a series of unauthorised ATM withdrawals from their accounts using the Gh-link platform.

Mr Agblor said while investigations were ongoing, a member of the staff of Prudential Bank alerted the bank to an unauthorised withdrawal of GH¢140 from his account through an ATM at the bank’s head office about 4:30 p.m. on June 6, 2016.

He said the police went to the scene and examined a CCTV footage, which revealed a fair young man on a motorbike suspected to be behind the unauthorised withdrawal.

A search was mounted for him and was subsequently arrested two hours later when he was spotted on his motorbike at the Prudential Bank head office ATM.

Items retrieved from the suspect and his accomplice included 24 ATM cards suspected to have been cloned, four pink sticker sheets with numbers written on them suspected to be the corresponding pin codes of the ATM cards and six ATM printout receipts with amounts between GH¢140 and GH¢280.

Ten dismantled CCTV cameras, a Honda motorbike and two laptops were also retrieved.

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