15th January, 2022
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested one Victor Adebayo, 24, over alleged fraud and sending a fake alert scam to commercial Pay On Spot (POS) operators.
This was contained in a statement issued by Mr. Babawale Afolabi, NSCDC, Kwara Command’s Spokesperson, and made available to newsmen on Friday in Ilorin.
Afolabi said that the suspect was arrested by the intelligence unit of the corps, after he had defrauded many unsuspecting people of over N700, 000.
He said that the suspect, who claimed to be resident in Lagos, usually sends bank alerts to unsuspecting POS operators, collects cash from them, and flees the neighborhood.
“On Jan. 13, operatives of the NSCDC intelligence and investigations department picked up a suspected serial fraudster, who had been going around, defrauding people of their hard-earned money.
“The suspect usually goes around in his Toyota Corolla car with a neat appearance and would meet POS operators to give him cash, in exchange for a fake bank transfer.
“The transfer transaction had already been programmed on the suspect’s phone, for the purpose of deceiving POS operators.
“He had really perfected the dubious act and confirmed to have been doing it for more than two years.
“Sometimes he would pose like a pastor, to convince; the POS operators, or lie that his wife is in labor, at the hospital and need a certain amount of money,” he said.
The NSCDC spokesman said that some POS operators in Ilorin metropolis upon the news of the arrest of the alleged fraudster, rushed to the Command’s headquarters to catch a glimpse of the suspect
“The Commandant of the NSCDC in the state, Mr. Makinde Ayinla, appealed to POS operators and the people in the state to be alert to the antics of criminals with intention of defrauding them of their money,” Afolabi said.