A lady has advised Nigerians to be careful of unsuspecting scammers who dupe innocent Nigerians of their hard earned savings in the name of ‘Binomo’ investment.
The lady, Cynthia (not her real name) told VOA News correspondent that an unsuspecting scammer with the name Akinnifesi Stella chatted her on whatsapp via 08026789904 on the 8th of May, 2020 in an attempt to introduce her to a ‘legit business’. She refused her advances at first but with much persuasions, she eventually decided to give it a try with a little amount and after her first investment has yielded, she would invest big and also introduce her friends to same.
“The scam ensued on my WhatsApp platform in a chat with (234 802 678 9904, Binomo) on the 8th of May 2020. She chatted me about a business which she said was genuine but i rejected at first. But after she kept assuring me that it is Binomo business and she can not scam me, I decided to give it a trial, first with a small amount with the mindset that i will double my investment if the first one yield. She assured that if i invest a particular amount, it would be multiplied by 3”.
“I later cross checked her identity on facebook to be Akinnifesi Stella. So, after transferring money into her account, a moment later, she chatted me again that my cash was ready and that I have to pay some money to claim my cash. These include clearance fee of 500
Agent fee: 500
Custom fee : 500
Maintenance fee: 500
Equal to =2000 after transferring 2,000 to an account IDAHOSA ROSEMARY, 0131707121,UNION BANK PLC “
Cynthia said Stella stopped responding to her chat and removed her from her facebook friend’s list after she had suspected a foul play with all the administrative fees which she never mentioned from the start.
“She stopped responding to my chat after I told her i was not willing to pay any other charges because she didn’t inform me of such in the first place. Before I could say ‘Jack’, she had blocked me from whatsapp and also removed me from the list of her friends on Facebook”.
Cynthia, while speaking with VOA News correspondent said she was willing to let go of the money, which she said was not a big deal but her worry is that Stella (or whomever is behind the account) and her cohorts would continue scamming innocent Nigerians of their life savings if their dubious acts were not escalated to the general public.
She further advised that Nigerians should be careful as hackers are now on the rampage and that they might have hacked Stella Akinnifesi’s facebook profile to scam her and other innocent Nigerians.