In a distressing incident, Melody Israel, a young woman from Awka, Anambra State, has come forward to report an unauthorized withdrawal of N146,000 from her bank accounts. Melody, who relied on the funds for her recharge card business, is now left devastated and seeking justice for the loss.
Melody took to social media platform Rant Hq to share her harrowing experience, pleading for help in recovering her money. In her desperate plea, she recounted the events leading up to the unauthorized transactions and expressed her anguish over the situation. According to Melody, the funds were taken from her accounts in Fidelity Bank, Access Bank, and Opay.
Explaining further to SecretsReporters via a voice record, she said the sequence of events began when she visited Access Bank to request a fund reversal. She approached a bank staff, who requested to see the debit on her phone. Melody obliged and handed over her phone. However, at that moment, her baby started crying, prompting her to step away momentarily to attend to her child’s needs. When she returned, the bank staff informed her that she had logged a complaint. However, later in the evening, Melody began receiving debit notifications, indicating the unauthorized transactions.
In an emotional state, Melody expressed her feelings of helplessness, stating that she contemplated suicide due to the overwhelming loss she suffered. She is unsure whether to place blame on the security personnel who first saw the debit or the bank staff who had possession of her phone during the incident.
Further investigation into the unauthorized withdrawal revealed transaction details from Melody’s Opay account. The transfer was processed by the bank on May 25 at 18:02:37, with the recipient account expected to be credited within five minutes. The transaction involved an order amount of N1,020.00, with a N20.00 fee deducted. The funds were transferred to an account at Wema Bank PLC, with the account number 7536484784 and the account name listed as RGMFB/Future Financial LTD.
According to the information obtained, Future Financial Limited is a registered entity with the Companies House in the United Kingdom. The company is categorized as a Private Limited Company and is currently active. Its registered address is 81 Church Street, Guisborough, TS14 6HG, England. Future Financial Limited has been incorporated since December 16, 1999.
The Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code associated with Future Financial Limited is 64999, which corresponds to financial intermediation not elsewhere classified.
The company officers listed include Maria Catherine Corr, who is a director and currently active, and Steven McDonald, who is also a director and currently active. William Blackburn served as the company’s secretary but has since resigned. Glyn Pemberton was a director but has resigned as well. Waterlow Nominees Limited acted as a nominee director but has resigned from the role.
Regarding significant control, Mr. Steven McDonald and Mrs. Maria Catherine Corr are listed as individuals with significant control over Future Financial Limited. They both have ownership of shares and voting rights ranging between 25% and 50%. The information regarding their significant control was notified on April 6, 2016.
However, the company’s link with Wema Bank is yet to be ascertained at the time of filing this report as there is yet to be any response to a message sent to the company.
The affected banks, Fidelity Bank, Access Bank, and Opay, have yet to comment on the matter.