The general public have been warned to be extremely careful over recent tactics by fraudsters who are using fake Facebook accounts of the vice-president’s wife to dupe unsuspecting victims.
Wife of the Vice-President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo
The general public has been alerted of the new style by fraudsters who now use fake accounts of prominent Nigerians to dupe unsuspecting people.
The latest online fraud is the use of a fake Facebook account opened in the name of the wife of the Vice-Presiden, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo to dupe job seekers.
According to a report by Punch, fraudsters preyed on those who sent a friend request to the account with the belief that it belonged to her.
A victim narrated his ordeal and said: ‘‘The chat usually started with greetings after which the person, who was always overjoyed meeting such a personality online, would plead for employment assistance. The fraudsters posing as the VP’s wife would then give the person a number to call in the Nigeria Customs Service for employment consideration,” one of the victims said.
Speaking also, another victim said the replies often given by the fraudsters during the chats were so motherly and cordial. ‘‘It was always a genial chat with words of encouragement and prayers all the way.’’ the victim said,
Also, another victim who was in love with the Osinbajos revealed his experience.
He said: “When I saw the account, I sent a friend request immediately because the VP’s wife is somebody I have a high respect for. I respect the Osinbajos so much because of their pedigree. Being a member of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, I had benefitted from the spiritual teachings of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. After sometime, the request was accepted and I sent some greetings to her one day that I was online. Few weeks later, I saw her online again and decided to tell her about my employment problem. She offered to fix me up in the Nigeria Customs Service.”
One of the fake Facebook account opened in the name of the vice-president’s wife
Charles said he started suspecting fraud when the person she directed him to call requested him to pay N5, 000 compulsorily for a recruitment form.
‘‘I later discovered that many anxious job seekers had fallen victim to the ploy,” he said.
Members of the public have been warned to be extremely careful as the suspects always directed the victims to one William with mobile number 07089987414 by the fake Mrs. Osinbajo. William would later direct them to pay into a First bank account; 3100769983, belonging to one Utako Jerry.
The public are warned to be careful when any one demands for money online.