In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 14th, September, 2020

Picture of Two Suspected Cell Cellphone Fraudsters Arrested In Lagos

Photo of Two Suspected Mobile Phone Fraudsters Arrested In Lagos


The Suspects

The Lagos State Police Command has apprehended two suspected members of a syndicate who specialise in promoting costly cellphones at cheaper costs on a Nigerian on-line market to lure their consumers to locations the place they fraudulently dispossess them of their cash in change for faux cellphones.

The suspects, Chukwu  Emeka Ogbona (45) and Olabode Kehinde (34), each cell phone technicians on the Pc Village, Ikeja have been arrested at Olowu Avenue, Ikeja in separate incidents final Wednesday, September 9.

The duo, who’re members of the identical syndicate, marketed Iphone X, a telephone valued at N240,000 for N155,000 to lure consumers into their nets.

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”The suspects, together with different gang members, lure the consumers to areas round Olowu Avenue and Pc Village,  Ikeja, the place they fraudulently acquire cash from the consumers after exhibiting them the actual telephone however inside a twinkle of a watch substitute it with faux Iphone X. The suspects thereafter flee the scene leaving their victims stranded.” the police stated within the assertion launched

When interrogated, the suspects disclosed that aside from promoting on the Nigerian on-line market, in addition they fraudulently promote faux cellphones on the streets of Pc village to unsuspecting consumers in addition to return faux or paper cash to their victims after gathering the actual cash from them.

One of many suspects, Chukwu Emeka Ogbona, stated;

”The chief of the gang is Ibrahim. He marketed on and provide us with the actual Iphone X and the faux Iphone X. The actual Iphone X is N240,000 whereas the faux is an android telephone made to appear like an Iphone X. It’s N30,000.

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The Iphone X was marketed for N155,000. The customer negotiated for N120,000. Realizing what I wish to promote to him, I inspired him to fulfill me at Olowu after altering assembly areas twice to make sure that we weren’t being baited by the police.

I confirmed him the actual Iphone X for him to verify it whereas the faux was in my again pocket. I took the actual one again from him once more for us to settle our discount. In the meantime, I had organized with different gang members to return round and distract the eye of the client in order to create room for me to swap the actual Iphone X with the faux model.

This I did and we shared the sufferer’s N120,000. Unknown to me the police baited and arrested me the third day of the fraud.

Instances are laborious. I ended doing it earlier than. I would like cash to feed my household. That’s the reason I got here again into it. We’re many doing it. We name it avenue hustling. I wont return to it if launched” Ogbona stated.

The second suspect, Olabode Kehinde was arrested by the Decoy Workforce of RRS for gathering N100,000 and an Iphone 6S from one Obinna, who he lured to Pc Village after agreeing to swap them for an iPhone X however ended up fraudulently giving him a faux iPhone X.

He additionally confessed to be a member of the identical syndicate. He added that they’re many on the streets of Pc Village.

Commenting on the event, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu suggested Lagosians to be cautious of suspected fraudsters masquerading as telephone sellers with a view to exploiting them of their hard-earned cash, including that they need to guarantee they acquire a receipt with traceable addresses for cell units telephones they’re shopping for.

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He warned Lagosians to cease shopping for pretty used telephones whose sources they don’t know.

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