Covid-19 Pandemic: Fraudsters Dispossess Aging Woman of Her life Savings
Fraudsters have dispossesed a Port-Harcourt based grandmother, Mrs. Florence of her life savings.
According to her, on Friday, June 12; she received a phone from an Airtel line ‘0702 643 3563’ purpotedly from a Federal Government official claiming to be responsible for administering COVID19 palliatives to aged people.
The caller informed Mrs. Florence that based on her age, she is entitled to the sum of N25,000 from the Federal Government of Nigeria. She was asked to to supply her bank account details and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to acsertain that her details her correct.
Unsuspectingly, 65 year old Mrs. Florence immediately supplied all details requested for the by the ‘Federal Government’ official while she waited earnestly to receive credit alert for her COVID19 palliative from government.
In her chat with Hotjist.com; Mrs. Florence said, “I was taking an evening nap when my phone started beeping with incoming messages”. My first thought was that the Federal Government had credited my account with the N25,000 palliative amount as promised.
I was dumbfounded to see six different debit alerts on my account all totalling N106,000 (about $300), my heart flew out of my mouth, I screamed and broke down down in tears.
One of my sons who was around called the said Federal Government official and threatened him that if he was the one responsible for the debits on my Access Bank account; he will be caught and dealt with.
Asked why she is not going to the police station to report, Mrs. Florence replied that as a vulnerable person due to my age; I do not step out of the house at all since the beginning of the COVID19 pandemic in Nigeria.
This is calling on the Nigeria Police Force, Airtel Nigeria, Economic and Financial Crimes commission (EFCC) and Access Bank to collaborate and get justice for Mrs. Florence.