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Scam Alert!


Good morning guys. I'm sharing this because I've almost fallen victim and a blog reader recently shared a similar story with me. These people are getting bolder and more creative with their scams, one needs to be very mindful these days. 




Scammers have gone a step higher. To be honest, I almost fell for their tricks.
This morning I received a call from an unknown lady. From her voice, she must be in her late fourties. She called my name and asked if I was at home and I answered in the affirmative. She said she is Mrs Fregene and works in Chevron yard, Escravos and that one of my friends gave her my CV. She then asked if I have Chevron swimming passport, seaman's passport and safety mandatory certificate. I replied no. 


She said she was asking because she had successfully convinced one of the manager to include my name for a job that would last 4 years (4 yrs contract). She went further to say that if I dont have them, she can link me up with the safety manager in Chevron yard warri- a lady called Mrs Vera Ofili to assist me in getting those documents and that the company charges N55000 for the three documents. She then texted the lady's number to me and asked me to call her. She urged me to be fast because we would be leaving for work this coming saturday and that I would miss the chance if I dont have those documents. 

I called the lady (Mrs Vera Ofili) who confirmed that one of their staff at Escravos had told her about me. She said she would make sure I get the documents and that I should pay N55000 into the company's safety account and come to her office at chevron yard warri with the bank teller. 
Now, what got me suspicious was the fact that if any of my friends gave out my CV and something is in the pipeline, they would be aware and thus alert me. So I called the first lady and asked her which of my friends gave her my CV. She then feigned annoyance and threatened to stop helping me and I apologised.

What really convinced me that they are scammers was when the so-called Mrs. Ofili sent me the safety account number. It was a personal account number bearing the name, Mr Salisu Johnson, Fidelity Bank account number 6235451016

I then pretended that I have paid and they called me to confirm. I just okayed the call and put it near my home theatre speaker. That was how they got the message that I knew their plan. 
I will put their numbers here so that people can learn from my experience. Mrs Ofili 08024244399 and Mrs Fregene 07084951220:




Source: www.lailasblog.com

Comments

  1. So whose mothers/aunty/relative/wife/inlaw/church member/neigbour/etc owns these numbers?

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  2. Chai, Person Christmas Job don knock, Meanwhile i have been receiving calls from 07011785484, soliciting for funds for Boko Haram.

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  3. They are everywhere now.
    some will call you and say you guys served together batch a..b..c cos obviously they have the NYSC year book and your details are on it.
    they will tell you they have gotten a job and would like to help you as well most times its an oil company (eg) shell warri,chevron ph etc....
    next thing they will ask you to get forms just like Mrs Fregene and ofili asked you.
    they actually got your details from the NYSC Year Book.
    Now it is the BVN they are adopting.they will send you a mail to send your bank details including your ATM pin to get your Bank Verification Number. and once you do that they will use inter-switch to clear your account.
    Nigerians and Scam? only God can save us.

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    1. Yeah I know the NYSC scam. It happened 2 one of my friends and she almost paid d money not untill d very last minuite whn she had a pat on her brain. These scammers and thieves hv actually upheaved their games right now, and we've gotta be on our toes!

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    2. I got the nysc text too... I deleted it immediately... like I didn't even think twice before I deleted it!

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    3. As regards, the BVN thingy, a little discretion might go a long way. A very easy way to decipher if the mail is original is to click on the 'sender's email address/sender's mailing name', this should bring out the actual sender's email address.
      For instance, if I were a scammer using the BVN registration as my cover and I send you a scam mail, my sender's name might read Zenith bank, but if you go the extra mile of clicking on the Zenith bank, you should see my actual email address which can be meganright@aol.com or some name @.net.
      Now the catch is that no bank would send you such correspondence without using their official accounts. So any mail that reads Zenith Bank, on clicking for the sender's actual email address, you should get maybe deborah@zenithbank.com or customercare@zenithbank.com. If its other banks, then it'd be @gtbank.com or @gtbank.org (for guaranty trust), @fidelity.com (for fidelity), basically the email address would typically contain the name of the organization.
      This is by no means exhaustive in avoiding scammers but I feel it might help us to be better cautious of their tactics.
      Chris

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  4. Na real waa,so many people will still fall out of desperation after clearly seeing the account number sef

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  5. December has come. They just want to make money to spend for the Christmas and New year celebrations. Wisdom is profitable to direct. Please, be wise.

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  6. They are getting bolder and more creative one has to be really careful these days especially now that we're close to xmas before they use your money for Christmas jollification

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  7. lmao thank God for my ijebu nature, anything that involves money, in fact even the genuine ones, I run immediately! even if its as little as 500 naira for an application form, I still run! that's just how I am, I can be veryyyyyyyyyyy one kind. The moment she said 55k for 3 documents, I would have cut the call and blocked her number, na today? Even when I was looking for an apartment and this website (www.tolet.com.ng) told me to pay 5k so they can get me the right place, I told them abeg its not that serious and that I still have my parents house so they can keep their money. (and I know the website/company is actually genuine)

    This is scary though because it seems like people actually fall for this, once it involves you spending money, no matter how small, just be wary. ThankGod you weren't a victim T, I would have soooo laughed at you.....and cried with you too..lmao...55k?hian!

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    1. I meant **so they can keep their house**

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    2. I get mails from these tolet people everyday. Very frustrating.

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    3. loll maybe they think you wanna buy a house, just unsubscribe or something, I think?

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  8. Christmas time they want to eat chicken n buy new cloth......smh...may God always help us to decode early n b extra careful when dealing with people

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  9. Just be careful when it involves parting with cash no matter how small. only d greedy ones fall victim to scamers most times

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  10. They are always using the oil companies or NIPP as baits. It beats me how those people can comfortably spend money received from such means.....pure evil.

    -F

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  11. Thank God for you thelma...a colleague shared his own experience some time last year...they asked him to send recharge cards and he was sending! 1,500 MTN! When it dawned on him that they were frauds...he simply got a couple of used 1,500 MTN cards and texted them the numbers....he got a call from them cursing him and he reciprocating as well. We all laffed over it at the office but it could have been worse. I no dey answer dem o. Once I hear hello madam or hello Joy dont you remember me? I just know that they have come again. Even if its from the 'White House' i wont even answer them. One has been calling with an unknown number since yesterday, all I do is leave the phone on and say nothing!..I will charge my phone at work so battery is not a problem...#tongueout.....#JoyDaNuGirl

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  12. A cardinal rule for the safety of your money and identity is this - DO NOT, FOR ANY REASON SEND YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION, ACCOUNT DETAILS AND PIN WHEN REQUESTED TO ANY MOBILE NUMBER OR IN RESPONSE TO ANY MAIL PURPORTED TO ORIGINATE FROM A BANK!!! IF A BANK NEEDS SUCH INFORMATION, GO TO THEIR NEAREST BRANCH / OFFICE AND PROVIDE IT.
    Also, only buy stuff online from websites that you have confirmed to be legitimate and trustworthy. One of the ways to confirm this is that the site must have https:// rather than the common http:// which gives it some level of security. However, it's best you choose the pay on delivery option for online orders to secure your money and identity.
    K.O.H.

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  13. Yes ooo they are everywhere and up-ing their games. Me, i dont even waste time to read junk mails or text msgs, I delete vaam. No time atal

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  14. Na wa oh. Will warn my brother doing nysc.

    TTB family please put my family in your prayers. I lost my brother inlaw on saturday evening at age 37. I am reading the blog to distract myself.

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    1. Accept my condolences miss pynk. May his soul find eternal rest with the Lord.

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  15. My condolences..may God grant y'all fortitude to bear the loss

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