Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Two arrested after buying six TVs with fake bank alerts

The Police in Anambra State have arrested two suspects that allegedly specialize in defrauding innocent traders using fake bank payment alerts.

The two suspects, Charles Eko, 25, and Rabiu Idris, aged 24 years are residents of Gariki Ugwuoba, Enugu State.

According to The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Haruna Mohammed in a statement on Tuesday in Awka, said the duo was arrested on Aug. 1, 2019 at about 6:20pm in Awka.

Mohammed said the arrest followed intelligence report to Police operatives attached to the Command Monitoring unit Awka that Eko who specialized on generating fake bank alerts was at Zik Avenue area of Awka.

He noted that Eko had previously defrauded one Godwin Chukwu which made him to spot him.

He said, “When the suspects went to the shop of one Godwin Chukwu of No. 59 Zik Avenue, Awka on July 31, 2019 to buy televisions, he fraudulently generated and sent fake SMS alert for the payment of N200,000 to his phone.

“Chukwu released the two 43 inch television sets oblivious of their fraudulent trick.

“Consequently, on Aug.1, 2019, at about 1pm, the suspects did the same thing and collected four television sets and other accessories, all valued at N230,000.”
Mohammed disclosed that when the complainant went to the bank to withdraw the money, he was told by the bank that no payment was made into his account.

“As luck would have it, same syndicate placed an order for a 95 inch TV, a deep freezer, Sumec fireman generator with a promise to transfer the money.

“The police detectives which laid siege within the shop premises arrested Charles Eko,” he said.
Mohammed said that Idris was, however, apprehended and the exhibits including four 32 inch television sets earlier collected were recovered from him.

The PPRO said that the matter was still being investigated, adding that the suspects would be charged to court for prosecution.

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