The Lagos state police has arrested a fraudster who happens to be a fake currency dealer for allegedly scamming a bussiness woman in Lagos state of the sum of N1.99 million.
According to report, the victim is a 28-year-old woman known as Helen Olajide. After being promised to receive goods from the fake dealer identified as Hyacinth Nwogu, the victim paid the huge sum of money to the fraudster. But when she discovered she had been duped, she quickly reported the case to the police who made adequate effort to bring the culprit to justice.
The victim however narrated her ordeal:
“I was standing at the bus stop waiting for a cab when their vehicle came close to me and they claimed that they knew me and that they were my customers. They told me they have a business for me and being a businesswoman, I decided to go with them.
“One of them was speaking French and they claimed that they were importers and had a container loaded with computers, clothes, babies wears and other items in the warehouse. I picked interest on some of the items and wrote them down. They made me sign an agreement to pay money that they would go to Customs quarters and clear the goods.
“At the house, they collected my ATM card and went to the bank and withdrew N150,000. The next payment I made was N900,000 cash on August 26, which I gave them at Ikeja. Then, they gave me a Fidelity Bank account number belonging to Chukwuma Eke Linda where I paid the other money. In all, I paid N1.992million. It was after paying that I asked myself what was happening. That I have been paying money into a particular account and I haven’t seen the goods.
“Then, I called them to come and sign an agreement with my lawyer but they switched off their phones and started avoiding me. That was when I knew I have been duped. So, I reported to the police.
“They didn’t show me anything about money and they didn’t tell me they wash money. Why would I fall for that if they told me? Are they Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)? What they told me was that they would supply me with goods.”
while defending himself,, Nwogu said that he was once a victim of such fraudulent act. He claimed to have lost the sum of N1.2 million in his encounter.
Though his accomplice is yet to be found, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos has promised that the suspect will be charged to court.