EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office recently arrested Osemwingie Ede Joseph, 59, Idede Stanley, 20, and Oseyomwanbor Marvelous, 19, for offences bordering on stealing and obtaining money under false pretence running to the tune of over N120 million.
They were arrested following a petition from a complainant who alleged that sometimes in October 2016, he made payment for a trip in one of the Nigerian Airlines via their website for himself and 3 of his colleagues.
Whilst trying to pay, he had difficulty with the platform and decided to call the contact Number on the website. The fellow who attended to him instructed him to proceed to ATM and effect a transfer which he did immediately and transferred the sum N120,000 to an account allegedly belonging to one Oghenetejiri Stanley Idede.
After payment, all efforts to get his payment approved seemed abortive. It was at this point that he realized that he had been duped.
Preliminary investigation revealed that one Success Osemwingie who was the primary suspect alongside his cohorts; Idede Stanley and Oseyomwanbor Marvelous were the syndicate behind the fake transaction. .
However, investigations further revealed that there are other two: Francis Otagogo Ojemiri and Uhunmwangho Aisosa Charles. Who are still at large. The fraudsters, operated over 50 accounts in different banks with which they defrauded unsuspecting victims to the tune of over N120million.
EFCC said, to nip this seemingly novel mode of operation of the internet fraudsters in the bud, it is imperative for other victims who had made payments in similar circumstances through fake airline websites to come forward to oblige the Commission further information that will aid our investigations through our email address: Ibadantelco@efccnigeria.org
These fraudsters allegedly hosted cloned websites of Airlines and other online services providing organizations, to fleece unsuspecting members of the public of their hard-earned money. Members of the public are warned through this exposure to exercise more caution while patronizing online business platforms.