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Over N5 Billion Was Lost By Banks To Fraudsters Within 9 Months In 2020 – NDIC Reveals
Over N5 Billion Was Lost By Banks To Fraudsters Within 9 Months In 2020 – NDIC Reveals

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The Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) has disclosed that Nigerian banks lost over N5 billion to suspected fraudsters within a nine-month period in 2020.

NDIC’s Executive Director, Corporate Services, Mrs Omotola Abiola-Edewor, while speaking on Monday, March 8, at a programme with the theme “Effective investigation and prosecution of banking malpractices that led to the failure of banks in Nigeria” revealed the staggering figure of bank losses to fraud.

Mrs Abiola-Edewor, who was not visibly present, was represented at the occasion by Joshua James Etopidiok. She revealed the figures in a report recently published by the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc (NIBSS).

The NIBSS report reads that between January and September 2020, banks in Nigeria lost over N5 billion to fraudsters.

“In 2019, a total of 52,754 fraud cases were reported against 37,817 in 2018 and 26,182 in 2017.” Edewor said.

“The amount involved in the fraud cases stood at N204.65 billion, in 2019, compared to N38.93 billion in 2018 and N12.01 billion in 2017”

“The total actual loss declined from N15.15 billion in 2018 to N5.46 billion in 2019. While 5 billion was lost in 2020”

She revealed that the fraud could be attributed to the increase in the sophistication hacking, cybercrime as well as an increase in Information Technology related products and usage, fraudulent withdrawals and unauthorised credit.

‘The channels and instruments through which the reported frauds and forgeries were perpetrated indicated that ATM/Card-related fraud had the highest frequency, accounting for 49.78 per cent of fraud cases followed by web-based internet banking frauds with 21.02 per cent, however, the value of losses was higher in web-based internet banking frauds against ATM card-related fraud,’ she said.

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