Police Warns Ahead Of Election About Fraudulent Text Messages In ‘Support Of Presidential Candidates’
On June 1, 2022, Olowo Yusuf (Wharlhexy) posted under Naija News 0NAIJA NEWS.
Residents of Yobe State should be aware of bogus text messages encouraging them to register their support for a presidential candidate in exchange for money, according to the Yobe State Police Command.
When speaking with reporters in Damaturu, the Command’s spokesman, ASP Dungus Abdulkarim, issued the warning.
He said that thieves were utilizing the Short Message Service (SMS) to swindle the public.
The text of the SMS is as follows:
“Support for Presidential Candidate: Beloved, vote for Atiku Abubakar as your change candidate, and you will be granted N69,220 as a serious member.” Please contact management at 07062506048.”
According to a police official, an investigation determined that the text message in question is a forgery, and thus originated from fraudsters.
Anyone who responds will be compelled to reveal security details of their bank accounts to the fraudster, who will then breach into the account and take the money.
“Police are looking into a recent case in which a woman was duped of N1.7 million in similar circumstances after the fraudster(s) pledged to sell certain relief goods to her,” says the statement.
According to Abdulkarim.
He emphasized that ATM pins, BVNs, and other bank security codes should never be given to suspicious individuals during business transactions, and that POS operators should be wary of phony transaction text messages.
According to ASP Abdulkarim, there have been cases of persons approaching POS operators and requesting cash, with the latter receiving credit notifications through his or her bank account.
“Many POS operators were scammed using this method, despite the fact that they were receiving normal transaction messages.”
“It’s important to understand that bank transaction messages must be sent in the bank’s corporate name and do not receive responses or replies.
“It is just a phony when someone says he deposits money into your account and the text message comes in an anonymous or individual’s name.”
He stated his case.