The Edo State police command has arrested four persons identified as Samuel Ogie, Osayande Osagbe, Omorodion Matthew and Prince Owens Elema, that specialize in sending fake bank alerts to buy vehicles from car dealers in Edo and Delta states.
The state commissioner of police, Babatunde Johnson Kokumo, who made the arrests known to newsmen, said the suspects purchased a Toyota Corolla car from a car dealer in Delta State but were arrested after a discreet investigation in Edo State. He 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.
The police 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. He 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.