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The Oyo state police command apprehended a man posing as a Yoruba film star for duping traders with bogus bank notifications.
The actor, Olumide Olajide, and another survivor, Wemimo Adeyanju, an HND student of Purchasing and Supply at a polytechnic in the South-West, were both involved in the defrauding act and were apprehended in separate locations.
In an interview, the pair explained how they were able to play the con game.
Olajide said he would ask for the account numbers and names of the sellers after buying goods from them.
He would then use the information to generate their details by dialling the USSD code of his bank.
He would modify the old bank alert sent to him by his bank, change the date and amount, and resend the same to the recipient after generating their details.
The fake alert sent will show on the recipient’s phone as a real alert from his bank.
According to Punch, the fraudster said:
“I did it just three times before I was arrested. After seeing the alert, they would allow me to go away with the goods paid for with the fake bank alert. I went to another shop, and a woman recognized me through the display photograph on my WhatsApp and raised the alarm.”