Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Photo: Meet The Man Who Has Been Using Top Nigerian Names For Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arrested a Lagos State University graduate for cloning the Facebook accounts of prominent Nigerians and using same to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.
Before his arrest, yesterday, Anthony Ezechukwu, 38, had successfully used the names of Finance Minister, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala;  wife of Lagos State Governor, Dame Abimbola Fashola, Federal Capital Territory Minister, Aisha Bala Mohammed and the Director of the Abuja Geographical Information Systems, AGIS, Jamilah Tangaza to transact his illegal business and smile to the bank.


According to EFCC, Ezechukwu went on to solicit for various forms of business and assistance that fetched him hundreds of thousands of Naira after cloning the accounts of the prominent Nigerians.

Findings showed that in each of the instances, Ezechukwu devised clever baits to lure his victims. Once he successfully opened a Facebook account with the false identity of a Mrs. Fashola, he began to send out messages soliciting for friendship, which yielded enormous responses from innocent respondents, who wanted to seize the moment to be friend to the Lagos First Lady.

But on noticing the stream of friends on the Facebook, the suspect started directing them to ‘her personal assistant’, who in turn demanded for various sums of money from them to connect them with influential people in government and the society.

Also, in the account he opened using the name and photograph of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ezechukwu claimed that he had job offers and directed interested job seekers to ‘her schedule officer’ (he also doubles as schedule officer) who in turn asked them to make payments into a designated bank account.

How he met his waterloo

But Ezechhukwu met his waterloo when he cloned the Facebook account of Jamilah Tangaza, the current AGIS Director, who is an ICT expert and had served as media director to the FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed before her recent appointment.

With his address as www.facebook.com/agis.jamilahtangaza.9, Ezechukwu set about exploiting the office of the influential AGIS boss to have his cut of the lucrative apple that is Abuja property sector.

His bait came in the form of a message: “In my certified, endorsed and approved capacity, as the Director General of Abuja Geographical Information System, AGIS, officially appointed by FCT minister (Senator Bala Mohammed) and his administration on presidency acceptance and approvals (sic) to take control of all lands and houses sales (sic) in FCT Abuja.

“Then I warned, using this medium to advised (sic) the general public those who wish to buy land and houses in FCT Abuja to channel all the inquiries, consultation and payment to me…”

The poorly constructed message notwithstanding, some persons who are desperate to own land or houses in the FCT fell for it and began to wire money into his account.

The Facebook account he opened in the name of the wife of the FCT minister, Aisha Muhammed, turned out to be very rewarding.

In a post on the account, he claimed that the FCT had soft loan worth N10 million for disbursement to individuals but offered forms to interested persons at the rate of N100, 000.

Unknown to the public that it was a scam, a certain Usman Ahmed paid N100, 000 into a designed account with a new generation bank.

Ezechukwu was, however, nabbed following a complaint by Tangaza. He is currently assisting investigators probing the scam and will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is concluded.

In a statement in Abuja, yesterday, the Acting Head of Media for the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, warned members of the public to be wary of relationships in the social media that come with solicitations of any kind, and to be circumspect in responding to gratuitous offers that look too good to be true.

27 comments:

  1. Some Nigerians are born daft. How can Iweala ask you to pay money into her account

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    1. Abeg my bro/sis ask me? So people wey don tiff Nig moni tire go begin dey beg u 4 ur kobokobo? Haba!

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    2. Oga Anonymous, who tell you say Madam Iweala "tiff moni tire". Abeg lets watch what we say on blogs even when we are anonymous.

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  2. Someone once tried selling me a property of N30m for N5million, saying the owner is broke and wants to travel out. The ridiculous price he called was such as easy pointer. Don't just be a smart ass, also be street-smart. When someone tries to sell sth of N10m to u for N100k, u shud knw its scam. Onye anya ukwu ka wayo na egu. Cheap ass ppl out there.

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  3. #Peleee......its interesting check this http://tasknjob.com/?share=117951

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  4. I can't believe Naija ppl fell for this nonsense. It's so obvious

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  5. CRIMINALS

    Nigerians and fast money

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  6. Anon 12.11 what's obvious ?? Uses of English is ur friend.back to d matter jare, its only greedy pple dat can fall for this trash,

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  7. Nigerians are so daft to the extent that they want to be connected to the creme de la creme of the society, they dont mind putting all their lives on the line just to meet them

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  8. It is people like this that are soiling our nationality and making the outside world distrustful of Nigerians.

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  9. see his big nose

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  10. I nearly fall victim of this fraud last year, i got friend request from mike adenuga, i accepted the request without hesitating, we started chatting , i knew he was fake when i was asked to put money in his account, i thought how on earth will moneybag asked me to deposit the penny i was earning, i blocked him instantly

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  11. God catch him, his family must be arrested too

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  12. Ugly man forming to be better person

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  13. sum ppl r just daft sha!ow can a drop of water b noticed insde atlantic ocean..fools

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  14. Efcc will finished investigations by the year 2020

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  15. The state of the country leads him into that, a graduate that have lot of responsibility will needs to carter for his family

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    1. E be like say brain dey scratch you,abi na ur brov? Lazy idiot.

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  16. Na hausa and yoruba go fall ds kind mugu. A typical ibo person will not fall 4 ds cheap scam. they r rather d scammers

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  17. He should be given the capital punishment. Lazy man.

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  18. Angie smart, na ur longer throat go kill u. Mike adenuga friend u for fb n na money request wey tip u off. Ashawo ketu na wetin u be.

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  19. Ole ni awon omo ibo

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  20. If any of the victims family member ask them for money will they give them. Dupe them well

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  21. On the contrary, I think EFCC should employ his sevices!

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