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NIBSS says banking sector loses N5bn to fraud



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The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc has revealed that the banking sector lost over  N5 billion to fraud between January and September 2020. obtained this from the NIBSS’ latest report on ‘Fraud in the Nigerian Financial Services’.

The report read in part: “On a global scale, fraudulent activities have resulted in losses amounting to about $42bn. Approximately 39 percent are perpetrated by external parties while 37 percent are perpetrated by internal parties.

 “Driving deeper in Nigerian industry data, the actual figures reported by the industry are quite striking. This year, about 91 percent of all fraud attempts as at September have resulted in a total loss, and more than N5bn was lost as a result of fraud within the period.

 “This represents financial institutions with an opportunity to protect their investments as well as attract customers by offering increased artificial protection and the ability to recover lost funds more easily.”

The NIBSS, in the report explained further that data from the industry antifraud portal data showed that 56 per cent of all reported fraud attempts were carried out using social engineering.




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