BEWARE OF CRIMINALS PARADING AS ONLINE BUSINESSMEN – AIG ADELEKE • We have many reports from jiji.ng.com, others
By Trek Africa Newspaper
The general public is warned about the activities of criminals who parade themselves as sellers and buyers who want to transact business online. This report was released to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers, NAOSNP by the Police Zone 2 PRO, SP Hauwa Idris Adamu.
In her press release, SP Adamu shared: ‘This is to inform the general public, especially businessmen and women on the illicit and fraudulent manner through which criminals operate and their modus operandi. Series of petitions have been received by the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Command Headquarters, Onikan Lagos that fraudsters now sought buyers and sellers who deal in purchase and sales of cars and other valuable items on Jiji.ng.com.’
‘The criminals will contact prospective sellers who advertise such cars/items on Jiji.ng.com acting like genuine buyers by indicating interest in such cars/items, while they make inquiries about such car/items after which they display same car/item for sales on the same platform. They act like genuine sellers to their prospective victims and give such cars/items at cheaper price in order to entice their prospective victims with the information from the original owners.
‘They, then supply necessary information about the cars/item to the prospective victim and lure them into making payment; they would then arrange how the prospective victim and the real owners of such cars/items would meet for inspection/delivery; giving the owner/seller the impression that payment would be made upon satisfaction of the car/items’, she revealed to NAOSNP.
‘When it has been confirmed that cars/items have been inspected/delivered to the prospective victim, the fraudster, then goes incommunicado while the owner/seller will be having issues with prospective victim who already made payment to the fraudsters.’
‘Based on the above, the Command is sending this to the general public as awareness; so, no one will be a victim of the antics of fraudsters who pretend as online sellers. The Command is hereby passing a very strict warning to all criminally minded groups or individuals to relocate from the Zone as they will not find it easy operating within the Zonal Command’, SP Hauwa Adamu concluded.