By Lolo Ayaba
The Anambra State Police Command has arrested two members of a fraud syndicate specialised in defrauding innocent traders, using fake bank payment alerts.
The suspects identified as Eko Charles (main suspect) and Rabiu Idris (receiver) were arrested following intelligence report, received by operatives attached to the Command Monitoring Unit (CMU), Anambra state.
Newsbeats learned that the two suspects went to the shop of one Godwin Chukwu located at No. 59 Zik Avenue, Awka, on July 31st to buy televisions, after which he fraudulently generated and sent fake SMS alert for the payment of #200,000 to Chukwu’s phone and he released two 43 inch Television sets, oblivious of their fraudulent trick.
Consequently, on August 1st at about 1:pm, the two suspects did the same thing and collected 4 Televisions and other accessories all valued at N230,000.
However trouble started after the complainant went to the bank to withdraw the money but was told by the bank that no payment was made into his account.
Narrating his ordeal, the victim, Godwin Chukwu explained that, after the first transaction, they also bought goods worth N230, 000 the second time. “It was when I went to the bank to withdraw the money that I discovered that no payment was actually made into my account.
But as luck would have it, before I discovered that I have been defrauded, Eko Charles placed an order for 95 inch TV, a deep freezer, Sumec fireman generator with a promise to make a transfer as usual. Unknown to them that I have discovered their tactics and that I already reported to the police who laid siege within and around the shop premises, Eko Charles came to collect the items and was arrested.”
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson Anambra State Police Command, SP Haruna Muhammed said that both suspects have been arrested, while four 32 inches Television sets earlier collected under false pretense from the complainant, were recovered from Rabiu Idris.
The case is still under investigation after which suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.