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Postal scam: Nipost intercepts N.25bn fake cheques

By OLUWOLE FAROTIMI
Friday, July 02, 2010

The Postmaster- General of the Federation, Mallam Ibrahim Baba, on Thursday revealed that no fewer than 1,708 scam, letters containing various fake foreign cheques and other negotiable financial instruments worth $17,279, 047.01, have been intercepted by officials of the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) between October 2009 and March this year.

Baba, who made the revelation while speaking at the 5th Bulkpost Annual Customers’ Forum in Lagos, said the foreign scam letters were intended to defraud unsuspecting foreign investors and in the process put the country’s image to disrepute.

According to him, the interception was made possible through collaborative efforts of agencies such as the Serious Organized Crime Agency (SOCA) of Britain, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Nigerian Custom Service (NCS),adding that members of staff found to have collaborated with the criminals had at all times been handed over to the law enforcement agencies to serve as a deterrent to others.

He said involvement of the EFCC in NIPOST’s activities underscores the seriousness the organisation attaches to delivering high quality service as well as the pain it suffers each time a customer is defrauded in connivance with members of staff. He explained that the theme, “The Nigerian Capital Market Mail: The Crime, The Criminal And The Law,” clearly underscores the seriousness that management attaches to the capital market.

“Mail items being generated from this market are in large volume and as such we feel embarrassed whenever we receive complaints of pilfering, non delivery and destruction of these items,” he said. Earlier in his Speech, Head, Advance Fee Fraud of the EFCC, Mr. Adegbite Olaolu, hinted that the criminals sent the financial instruments in bulk to Spain, Netherlands, South Africa and United Arab Emirates (UAE) to defraud their victims.

He said the criminal antics had become very worrisome” adding that those involved now personally take the mails outside the borders where they post them to avoid detection. He said the criminals were so dynamic that they now scan through obituaries published in newspapers, match them with names of individuals with unclaimed dividends, forge relevant documents and claim their entitlements.

Also speaking, Assistant Inspector, General of Police (AIG), Zone II, Mr. Azubuko Udah, relieved an experience of how 43,000 units of his Union Bank shares were sold by his stoke broker without his consent when he was Commissioner of Police, INTERPOL.

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July 17, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. I was scammed twice! On FaceBook, there was an ad for something called SeniorDating.com. I wanted to see what kind of guys were on there so I joined for a month. I got hit up immediately by a guy, who was sooo in love with me, he even proposed but then wanted $2400. I am on social security disability and was shocked that he even asked so blocked and erased him from everything so I have no proof except a vague email address on yahoo.

    But the second guy from there kept me going until just this last week when I finally had enough of his protestation of love and sly requests for the money I don’t have. He had said he was working in SC but had an apartment in Milwaukee, 60 miles from where I live. Of course, his cell phone never worked. But I received a phone call last week. Guess where it was from?!? Yes, Nigeria!

    I unblocked him from the yahoo IM stuff and demanded answered. He just kept on about how I was breaking his heart. I shut him down again and the next morning a friend of mine told me about the Nigerian Romance Scam website. I looked through those pictures. The words this guy wrote were from the scripts that were there. And I would say I recognized 10-15 from the Senior Dating.com website.

    A message has been left on FaceBook but will it do any good? My question is this: why, knowing he couldn’t get any money from me, did he keep it going? Do they get a commission? Does any one know? And where can I send his photos and notes and email address and Nigerian cell phone number? Though he didn’t get money out of me, others may not be so lucky.

    THanks,
    Laurie

    Comment by Laurie | July 23, 2010 | Reply

    • they somehow believe that if they try hard enough, they will win you over.it works sometimes on some victims.good thing you saw through them right away. you can help others by referring them here.cheers

      Comment by alanprince | August 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Laurie, their method is to wear down your resistance, eventually hoping that you would send money. their thinking and belief is that if they persist with you, you would go and borrow or find some way of getting money to give them.if you read other stories here, you would realise that it has worked before on others.

      Comment by alanprince | August 9, 2010 | Reply


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