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‘Scam’: Twitter user raises alarm over fake account impersonating GTBank

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A Twitter user, identified as Yewande (Sobamowo) Thorpe, says she has been scammed by an imposter posing as a Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) customer support.

Thorpe disclosed this on Tuesday in a series of tweets via her Twitter handles: @Yewizzy, and @yewandethorpe

In the tweets, which have now been deleted, she said the scammer asked her to fill a complaint form and requested details such as her account number, the last six digits of the card attached to the account, and the bank app password.

“Guys I think I just got scammed by these guys. Just realised this is not the GTBank help account,” she wrote.

“These fools asked me to fill out a form that included asking me to put in my internet log-in and last six digits of my card. I thought it was suspicious but I did it anyway since it wasn’t the full card number.”

Thorpe further shared a screenshot of her Whatsapp conversation with the “customer support” after filling the form.

“Be informed we are currently experiencing a system glitch. Which may incure some debits but will be reversed in less than 24 hours.” the fake customer support agent told her.

The imposter operates through a Twitter account with the handle, @gtban_khelp, opened in March 2016.

The account directs customers to send a message to a WhatsApp number, 09125515033, for immediate resolution to their complaints.

The handler responds to GTBank customers’ complaints with these words: “Hello, thank you for contacting us. We noticed your tweet and we are concerned. Kindly send us a direct message to our official WhatsApp page @ (09125515033) or click on the link redirect wa.me/message/OD2U7P… [for] instant resolution.”

In a tweet dated February 22, 2022, had GTBank highlighted three ways for customers to spot a fake account pretending to be the bank.

It said the first thing is to check if the account is verified, after which one is expected to check the date the account joined Twitter, and then look at the number of followers.

“We will never ask you to provide any security detail (card details and PIN, token code, internet banking password, e-mail password.) by dm, email, text or telephone call,” GTBank explained.

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Reps summon Emefiele, demand suspension of new cash withdrawal limit

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The house of representatives has asked the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to suspend the limits on weekly cash withdrawals by individuals and corporate entities.

The lawmakers also summoned Godwin Emefiele, CBN governor, over the new policy scheduled to take effect on January 9, 2023.

The resolution was passed during a plenary session on Thursday following the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Aliyu Magaji, a lawmaker from Jigawa.

In a memo issued on Tuesday, signed by the Director of Banking Supervision, Haruna Mustafa, the apex bank directed all banks and other financial institutions to ensure that over-the-counter cash withdrawals by individuals and corporate entities do not exceed N100,000 and N500, 000, respectively, per week.

It also directed that only N200 and lower denominations should be loaded into banks’ ATMs.

At the plenary, the lawmakers resolved that CBN should halt the implementation pending conclusion of probe.

Emefiele is expected to appear next Thursday.

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Diesel cost: NRC hikes fares on Lagos-Ibadan train service

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The Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) has announced new fares for Lagos-Ibadan and Lagos-Abeokuta train services.

In August, NRC reduced the number of trips on the Lagos-Ibadan route due to a hike in the price of diesel.

In a memo seen by newsmen, the train services for the Lagos-Ibadan route were given new fares.

“The new fare on Lagos – Ibadan Train Service (LITS),” the memo reads.

“Lagos – Ibadan, and Ibadan – Lagos; First class (9,000), Business, (6500), Standard, adult (3600), minor (3000).

“Lagos – Abeokuta, and Abeokuta – Lagos; First class (6,000); Business (4,500), Standard, adult (3,000), minor (2,000).

“Abeokuta – Ibadan, and Ibadan – Abeokuta; First class (3,000), Business (2,000), Standard, adult (1,000), Standard, minor (600).”

Meanwhile, last week, the NRC hinted on the increased cost of diesel and other logistics which can be a significant determinant in the new price of train services.

Fidet Okhiria, NRC managing director, had said the increase in price would be done while considering the interests of Nigerians.

Okhiria also called on passengers to make some sacrifices and collaborate with the corporation to ensure the continued provision of the service.

“It is better to have it operating than not operating. It is the service we are providing but in order to provide it, everybody has to make some sacrifices,” Okhiria had said.

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CBN reduces over-the-counter withdrawals to N100k, N500k per week for individuals and companies

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced a new policy that mandates deposit money banks and other financial institutions to ensure that over-the-counter cash withdrawals by individuals and corporate entities do not exceed N100, 000 and N500, 000, respectively, per week.

The revised cash withdrawal limits, contained in a circular issued today by the apex bank and seen by newsmen, will take effect nationwide on January 9, 2023.

After the policy takes effect, all cash withdrawals above the stated limits will attract processing fees of 5% and 10%, respectively.

The new policy is coming barely weeks after President Muhammadu Buhari launched the newly redesigned N200, N500, and N1000 banknotes.

In line with the new cash withdrawal limits, any third-party cheques above N50, 000 will not be processed over the counter by any bank. The CBN said the “extant limits of N10, 000, 000 on clearing cheques still subsist”.

Weekly withdrawals through automated teller machines (ATMs) will be reduced to N100, 000 per individual. Withdrawals through this will be subject to an N20, 000 daily withdrawal limit.
In the same vein, the daily withdrawal limit through a point of sale (POS) terminals is N20, 000.


Note that the new N500 and N1000 banknotes will not be withdrawn through ATMs, as only N200 and below will be made available through the channel.

The CBN said there is a provision for individuals and corporates to withdraw N5 million and N10 million, respectively, once a month.

However, this is only for rare occasions and all parties intending to take advantage of this provision must provide compelling evidence of legitimate business purposes.

“In compelling circumstances, not exceeding once a month, where cash withdrawal above the prescribed limits is required for legitimate purposes, such cash withdrawals shall not exceed N5, 000,000 and N10, 000, 000 for individuals and corporate organisations, respectively, and shall be subject to the referenced processing fees in (1) above, in addition to the enhanced due diligence and further information requirements.”


To qualify for this exception, individuals and corporate organisations must provide the following information:

Valid means of identification.
Bank verification number (BVN)
Notarised declaration by the customer stating the reason for the excess cash withdrawal.


Written approval by the Managing Directors for drawees withdrawing on behalf of companies.
The CEOs of banks must authorise such withdrawals in writing.

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