Four nabbed for using fake bank alert to buy car


Edo State Police Command said yesterday it had arrested four persons, who specialised in sending fake bank alerts to buy vehicles from motor dealers in Edo and Delta states.

It gave the names of the suspects as Samuel Ogie, Osayande Osagbe, Omorodion Matthew and Prince Owens Elema.

They were said to have purchased a Toyota Corolla car from a car dealer in Delta State, but were arrested after a discreet investigation in Edo State.

Police Commissioner Babatunde Johnson Kokumo, who briefed reporters at Abudu in Orhionmwon Local Government, said the suspects approached a car shop at Ekpan in Delta State under the pretence of buying a vehicle and told the car dealer that they would pay through bank transfer.

He said one of the suspects fraudulently did the transfer and the car dealer confirmed that he had received alert on his phone, which made him to allow the fraudsters to take the car away.

Kokumo said the scam was discovered when the car dealer went to bank to withdraw money.

“I want to inform the public that scammers are everywhere.

“It is possible to receive credit alert when nothing has been transferred to your account,” he said.


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