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Be Careful: There Is A New Method Of ATM Robbery In Town Now – Secret Service Issues Warning

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Banks have been warned about a new means of robbing ATMs, previously seen in Europe and Mexico.
The United States Secret Service issued the warning recently saying, the method – nicknamed Jackpotting – is now hitting the U.S for the first time in a coordinated way and is spreading out other places.
It works just like it sounds, an ATM machine is compromised to spit out cash to a fraudster at a furious rate of 40 bills every 23 seconds, the Secret Service explained.
“That’s where you get the term jackpotting from because it is basically like a slot machine that you hit the jackpot — you are basically taking all of the money out of the ATM,” supervisory special agent Matt O’Neill told ABC News.
The Secret Service says they’ve seen about a dozen cases across the country from the mid-Atlantic region through New England, the Pacific Northwest and Louisiana. “What we’re finding is the attacks really started in a coordinated effort in December and well north of a million dollars has been taken,” O’Neill said.
How does it work?
Fraudsters pose as ATM technicians, even wearing uniforms and access the teller machine. They open it using a generic key that the Secret Service says is readily available for purchase on the internet.
Once inside, they use a technical means — installing a laptop computer and a cellphone into the machine — to be able to remotely take over the machine and force it to discharge money. But to avoid detection, the bogus technician does not typically take the cash, that’s left to a second co-conspirator.
The second co-conspirator, a “money mule,” then goes to the compromised machine and calls the phoney technician who initiates a withdrawal sequence remotely.
It runs until it is empty or the person standing at the ATM alerts the controller of the ATM to stop the withdrawal sequence because either law enforcement is nearby or for whatever reason, they get spooked and want to leave the scene,” O’Neill told ABC News.
The technician often returns to the empty machine to retrieve the laptop and cellphone, putting the ATM machine back like he was never there.
“We’ve seen these 21st Century robberies take place in plain sight, middle of the day, in malls, just because they are obviously getting themselves a jacket that says technician on it.”
After investigating a report of a jackpotting attack in recent days, the Secret Service quickly determined a more coordinated set of attacks was about to be launched in the next seven to 10 days. An alert was sent out Friday to inform the banking community of the potential attack and how they might protect themselves from being victimized.
O’Neill says it’s transnational organized crime using a mixture of international criminals and people who are already in the United States.
The attacks target specific models of stand-alone ATM machines made by Diebold running a Windows XP operating system. Banks can safeguard themselves by upgrading their ATMs’ operating systems,
Jackpotting has been a problem for a number of years in Europe and, according to the Secret Service, it was just a matter of time before it came to the United States.
“It’s a problem that is not going to go away any time soon, now that it has hit our shores,” O’Neill said.
Source: The Punch
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THE IRONY OF ASSUMPTION IN THE LIFE OF ENUGU YOUTH AND THE ENTIRE CITIZENS

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THE IRONY OF ASSUMPTION  IN THE LIFE OF ENUGU YOUTH AND THE ENTIRE CITIZENS

THE IRONY OF ASSUMPTION IN THE LIFE OF ENUGU YOUTH AND THE ENTIRE CITIZENS

It is important that we understand that no society thrive in the place of sour and agitative statements geared towards bitterness and endangering the life of our youth especially in Enugu state. The present administration has taken SME to another level in the state and many of our youth are empowered via this sector, urban and rural developments are not left out. Peace has been maintained within all axes across board in the state through dynamic leadership. This should be given more support and accolade so that the state can have more peaceful co-existence. It is also important to draw the attention of the youth on how the current tension and insecurity all over the nation has been brought under control by the pragmatic approach of his Excellency, Gov Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, through peaceful approach to issues. Therefore any youth, organisation or any person trying to lead any protest or match against the government is doing more harm than good to the state, and they must understand that the hoodlums may be waiting to hijack such a purported one million match. The Ohaneze Youth Council in Enugu State thereby call and counter any attempt of such match as security agencies shall be on alert against anyone who want to disturb the state and ignite more tension and sorrow. We therefore call on any one who feels their expectations are not met to embrace logical dialogue and consultation for effective result rather than declaring for one million match. We shall continue to ensure that government at all level embrace good governance in the best ethical practices. OYC Enugu state ably led by Comr. Ifeanyi Ogbodo thereby call on all the youth of Enugu State to embrace peace and peaceful dialogue so as to obtain our desired result.

Long live Ndi-Enugu

Long live Enugu State Government

Long live Ohanaeze Youth Council

#Igwebuike

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Davido’s N250m Orphanage Fund: How to Apply as Portal Opens, Deadline Announced

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Davido’s N250m Orphanage Fund: How to Apply as Portal Opens, Deadline Announced

Few days ago, Nigerian Afro-pop star David Adeleke, aka Davido, announced that the N200 million he got from his friends and fans in an unprecedented social media fundraiser will be donated to orphanages across Nigeria.

He noted that he will add N50 million to the money to be donated to the orphanages, making it N250 million. The registration portal for Davido’s N250m orphanage fund opens on Monday, November 29. Photo credit: @davido Source: Instagram

Davido afterwards announced a five-member committee to oversee the distribution of the donated funds to beneficiaries.

In a statement via his Instagram page, the music star has now announced details on how orphanages can apply for the fund. According to him, only government accredited orphanage homes are qualified for the donation

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Pope Declares Feb. 23 World Fasting, Praying Day

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Pope Francis has invited Roman Catholics, all Christians and members of other religions to observe Feb. 23 as a day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace.

Francis while addressing tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly blessing,  on Sunday urged everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict.

According to him, the appeal is  because of the “tragic prolonging” of conflicts around the world.

Feb. 23 is a Friday in the first full week of the Christian season of Lent, during which fasting from food and extra acts of charity are encouraged as a sign of penitence.

He said “everyone, in their own consciences, before God, should ask ‘what can I do for peace?’”

“Surely, we can pray but not only: each one of us can say ‘no’ to violence in their own way, because victories obtained through violence are false victories, while working for peace benefits all,” he said.

He specifically invited non-Catholics and non-Christians to join the initiative in any way they saw fit, “but all together”.

Francis said the prayers and fasting should be offered in a particular way for the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.

South Sudan has been hit by a prolonged civil war and humanitarian crisis. The Democratic Republic of Congo has been hit by unrest this month following the shooting of protesting pro-democracy churchgoers opposed to President Joseph Kabila.

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