Two suspected online scammers, Chukwu-Emeka Ogbona,45,and Olabode Kehinde,34, in the habit of advertising expensive mobile phones at cheaper prices on an e-commerce website and luring their buyers to places where they fraudulently dispossess them of their money in exchange for fake mobile phones , have been arrested by the police .
The suspects who are both mobile phone technicians at the Computer Village, were arrested in Olowu Street, Ikeja in separate incidents on Wednesday, Sept.9,2020.
According to reports , the duo who are members of same syndicate advertised Iphone X, a phone valued at N240,000 for N155,000 to lure buyers into their nets.
The suspects, along with other gang members lure the buyers to locations around Olowu Street and Computer Village, Ikeja, where they fraudulently collect money from the buyers after showing them the real phone but within a twinkle of an eye substitute it with fake Iphone X. The suspects thereafter flee the scene leaving their victims stranded.
The suspects also confessed to fraudulently selling fake mobile phones on the streets of Computer Village to unsuspecting buyers as well as return fake or paper money to their victims after collecting the real money from them.
According to ChukwuEmeka, the leader of the gang was Ibrahim and he only did it because of difficult times .” Times are hard. I stopped doing it before. I need money to feed my family. That is why I came back into it. We are many doing it. We call it street hustling. I wont go back to it if released”.
The second suspect, Olabode Kehinde was arrested by the Decoy Team of RRS for collecting N100,000 and an Iphone 6S from one Obinna, who he lured to Computer Village after agreeing to swap them for a Iphone X but ended up fraudulently giving him a fake Iphone X.
He also confessed to be a member of the same syndicate. He added that they are many on the streets of Computer Village.