Why EFCC is on a hot chase for Akinade Tofunmi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has issued a warning regarding Miss Akinade Tofunmi.

She goes by the name Akinade Tofunmi.

According to EFCC, Tofunmi is an advanced fraudster who steal millions from unsuspecting Nigerians.

Her thievery is centered on ATM machines.

In this light, the EFCC has appealed to Nigerians to be on the lookout for her.

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According to EFCC, here is her mode of operation:

She hangs around ATM machines and on suspecting an ATM user is having any difficulty using the system, she offers her help.

“She does not work during the official hours of the week, rather she operates late in the night.

“In her last operation, raked in about three million (N3m) within 24 hours.

For instance, “A woman simply identified as Alhaja and her husband who was waiting in the car wanted to use an ATM somewhere in Ibadan.

“Tofunmi noticed that the woman limps and pretending to be polite and cultured, she offered to assist her with the transaction on the ATM.

“Unaware of the intention behind the pious approach, she gave the fraudster her ATM card and divulged her PIN.

“Smartly, the fraudster quickly checked the balance in the account which had 1.7 million naira.

“After the intended withdrawal of N20, 000:00, the fraudster swapped the card and gave Alhaja a fake ATM card.

“Oblivious of the swap, she left with her husband.

“Shortly before midnight, the fraudster started the ‘harvest’ of her booty.

“She withdrew one hundred and thirty thousand naira.

“Having exceeded the daily withdrawing limit for that day, she waited for a few minutes to the following day which was a Saturday.

“Shortly after midnight, she made another rounds of withdrawals to the tune of one hundred and fifty thousand naira which was also the daily limit for that day.

“However, Alhaja and her husband had no one to run or call that night to save the situation when the debit alerts started coming in torrent.

Tofunmi then “Went to a night club where she met a motorcycle transporter whom she approached for a help.

“Her decoy was that she had enough money in her account but could not access it having exceeded her daily withdrawal limit,” EFCC said.

“She showed the bike man her balance and pleaded with him to give her his ATM card account details and PIN for a transfer from her (Alhaja’s) account to the bike man’s account.

“With that, she has been able to secure some of Alhaja’s money in the bike man’s account thereby stealing the identity of the unsuspecting bike man.

“At the early hours of that Saturday morning, she asked the bike man to take her to a hotel with an intention to further steal the identity of the hotelier for another movement of the money.

“At the hotel reception while paying for her accommodation which was N10, 000 for one night.

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“She deliberately credited the hotel’s account with N101, 000 feigning a mistake.

She then “Demanded a refund of N91, 000 balance of an overpayment.

“This was also done with Alhaja’s ATM card through the POS machine at the Hotel.

“To further conceal her identity, she provided fake personal details in the hotel and gave the hotel the bike man’s account detail when the hotel management requested for an account to deposit the refund.

“All these happened on Saturday; hence, Alhaja and her husband are still in dilemma with no help in sight to stop the transactions in the account.

“By Sunday, Alhaja’s money had moved to the fraudster both in cash and through transfer to the bike man’s account domiciled in the same bank.

“All these while, the fraudster was in possession of both Alhaja the first victim and the bike man, the second victim’s ATM cards.

“Later the following day, Monday, the bike man could no longer reach the fraudster on phone.

“The bike man then went to the bank to request for another ATM card.

“It was later discovered in the bank that part of Alhaja’s money was transferred to the bike man’s account.

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“He was arrested by the bank and he’s now helping the EFCC operatives to track down the fraudster.

Tofunmi’s style of stealing has been reported in other cities “Particularly Port Harcourt City.

“The Commission is hereby seeking the cooperation and support of public spirited members of the society to please help unveil the identity of this fraudster.

EFCC has released her pictures and is requesting the public to report to any nearby police station on sighting her.