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‘I went into 419 because I was swindled’

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By Victor Arjiromanus

The Police in Lagos have smashed a syndicate that specialised in printing fake US Dollars, to defraud Nigerians, arresting two suspected members.

The duo of George Osagie, 51, and Makinde Kudus, 28, were arrested in an apartment in Ijesha area of the state, following complaints by members of the public.

Their modus oparandi is to convince their victims that they could triple any amount brought, only to give their prey fake foreign currencies.

During interrogation, Osaro, disclosed that he went into the illicit business, to avenge a similar act against him.

He said: “I met the gang last year in a cab that was going to Ijesha. I don’t know how they managed to talk me into buying their idea. But I found myself following them to a house where they showed me a breifcase containing various foreign currencies.

“They succeeded in convincing me to part with N300,000. The money was meant to purchase more chemicals to wash more money. I later realised that I had been defrauded. To retrieve my money, I was asked to join the gang.

“My role is to act as a beneficiary in front of any would be victim. This is to convince the victim that the deal is genuine and not fake. I get a percentage in any successful deal.

“Those who go about looking for victims are known as Catchers. I was arrested in an hotel at Ilasa where we were staging a would be victim”, said the father of three.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, Imohimi Edgal who paraded the suspects before journalists, explained that “On July 28, information was received from members of the public that there was a group of persons going round the metropolis, defrauding innocent citizens off their hard earned money, promising to double it through magical means.

“Based on the information, operatives from the Federal Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS Ikeja and the Command operatives swung into action and arrested the suspected fraudsters at Nglasia Hotel, Ilasa.

“On interrogation, it was discovered that the suspects defrauded victims of huge sums of money.”

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