Victor Adebayo, a suspected serial POS fraudster and false alert scammer, was detained by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) agents in Kwara state.
Makinde Iskil Ayinla, the state commandant of the NSCDC, claimed the suspect had pretended to be a priest to dupe his victims before he was apprehended in Ilorin on Friday, January 14.
He claimed that the suspect was apprehended by the corps’ intelligence section after he conned a number of people out of money totaling more than N700,000.
According to the Civil Defence chief, the suspect, who purports to be a Lagos resident, generally sends out signals to unsuspecting POS operators, who then collect cash and go.
“On January 13, 2022, operatives of the NSCDC intelligence and investigations department picked up a suspected serial fraudster who has been going around defrauding people of their hard-earned money,” Ayinla stated.
“The suspect was usually going around in his Toyota Corolla car and very neat appearance and would meet POS operators to give him cash and he will now make a fake transfer which he has programmed on his phone,”
The suspect, who confessed that he had been doing it for more than two years, had previously posed as a pastor to convince the POS operators or tell them that his wife is in labour in the hospital and needed a certain amount of money.
Meanwhile, some POS operators in the Ilorin metropolis, especially some that might have fallen victim to fake alert fraudsters before, had thronged the Kwara State Command of the NSCDC, trying to identify the suspected serial fraudster.
The state commandant also appealed to the POS operators and the entire people in the state to be wary of fraudulent act of certain criminal elements who he said are going about with intention of defrauding them of their money.