A new kind of scam in Nigeria

I was lying gently on my bed when what looked like recharge card numbers came as a text message on my phone. Since I wasn't expecting such gift from anyone, I decided to call the number that sent me the 'credit' to find out whom God laid on his heart to bless me this Holiday season. I then remembered that I had no credit on my phone, and decided to go out to get credit. As I was going downstairs, a call came on my phone. The caller said one Baba in Ife wanted to send credit to his son in school, and mistakenly sent it to my number. I felt relieved that I didn't have to stress myself to get credit again, and I told the guy I was also wondering why someone will send me credit. I told him I was just about to go and get credit to call the number, and that they should not worry, that I did not load it. They should use the credit.

The guy said he wanted me to text the credit back because the Baba threw the voucher away before he realised his mistake. I told him the message should be in the sent items. The guy said the Baba doesn't really know much about phones, that I should please send it back. Disappointed that I still had to get the credit after all, I proceeded to go and buy it.

About two minutes after I sent the credit, the guy called me back and said the Baba is really grateful, and wants to personally thank me. Then he passed the phone, and I heard one shrill voice that sounded forced.

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The guy started thanking me profusely and praying for me, my finances, future, family, husband, and everything you can imagine. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you would know by now that when strange or shocking things happen to me, my immediate reaction is to start smiling, with a sarcastic grin on my face. In the face of grave danger, I have been known to have this look. This was the same look on my face when the Baba was praying. He asked for my name, I told him. He said shebi I live in Lagos, I said yes. He asked where I work, I said I don't work. He kept on praying. It was all those very intense Yoruba prayers. After a while, the prayer was getting too long, and I was becoming tired and suspicious. He now said the reason why he's asking for where I work is so that he can pray for me to excel at work. I said I don't work. I expected him to end the call. He still kept on praying. So I just cut the call on him.

Two weeks later, I was chatting on my BB, which is not my primary phone. Emails and messages came in, but I couldn’t read them because I was still chatting with someone. Next thing, a call comes in and I pick. The guy goes, one Baba in Ife wanted to send credit to his son, but mistakenly… Immediately I heard Baba, Ife, and Credit, I just cut the line. I checked my text message, and behold it was a string of recharge card numbers that I am sure were fake. The guy called again, I cut it again.

About 5 minutes later, the guy called once more. I picked it and said "Look here, look here. Don’t come and be yarning dust for me. You called me two weeks ago, saying this same rubbish, and one Baba was saying fake prayers…”

This time, it was the guy that cut the line.

I just want to warn people out there. This is the new kind of scam going on. If they can call two different lines of mine in a space of two weeks, I wonder how many people they would have reached.

These people are most likely identity thieves, and they use a technique call Social Engineering. All they need is very few basic details about you, and they will get all other information enough to clear you out. It is easy for them to get the vulnerable ones. Unfortunately for them, they met a like mind in me. I have been scheming from my mother’s womb, and I know that if not that God saved me a long time ago, I would most likely be a female fraudster. Where their own ends, that’s where my own starts. Rubbish people.

67 comments

  1. WHAT!!!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing this,i could fall for this, especially the prayers part....
    LOL to you scheming from your mother's womb!!
    i gotta be careful

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    1. Lol, so you like people praying for you abi. Na u be their best candidate oo. *laffs*

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  2. Jeez! So even old men have started the dirty game of 419. i'll stop having mercy again. Na wa.

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    1. You honestly thought there was an age/gender limit? Welcome to the real world

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    2. @unfriedgarri: I seriously doubt he is an old man. The whole sounded too forced jare.

      @Toinlicious: Tell them o.

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  3. The rotten gets rottener;
    Inna Nigeria still;
    Every time;
    Every day;
    Talo ma gbondo yi gbe o?
    It’s you;
    No be me;
    It’s you;
    Jangbala ju;
    Ju ju ju;
    Jangbala!
    And the game rocks on!!!
    =DEOLA MCAGUNS


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  4. Thank you very much for this alert, I would inform my people o.
    Some 9jas! Always taking advantage of the vulnerability and kindness of people!
    Our respect culture makes us to listen to the elders and our religious upbringing makes us not to reject prayers.
    These scum of the earth knows the weakness of most Nigerians and use it!
    Similar thing do happen here....remember my post' what effrontery? 'http://newdawn40.blogspot.com/2014/02/what-effrontery.html on not giving out vital info no matter what?
    Last week, I got a call from someone who pronounced my name and said that my insulin medication was ready, that he just wanted to make sure my info was accurate.....I was shocked! INSULIN?! I asked. The person quickly realized his mistake and asked if I was not diabetic? NO!! I exclaimed! He quickly cut off. My pharmacy has never called me to verify any info because I always pick up my medication myself!
    GOD would continue to protect us from these scums of the earth! mschew.

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    1. Yes o. They were taking advantage of the general Nigerian sentiments, but they met the wrong person cos I don't bow for all that crap.

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  5. Na wa o... All sorts. I wish they would spend that time and energy making an honest living for themselves.

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    1. You can imagine. Investing time and money in scamming people, when they can do better things with the resources. Their reward is waiting for them

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  6. Wow...new system to scam, Nigerians will never change sha

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    1. But its not "Nigerians" as in such generic way naa. It's just scums of the earth as New Dawn put it.

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  7. Someone called me ( he knew my address & my middle name) and asked if I could SUPPLY CHEMICALS for NNPC...Mind y'all, na teacher I be oh..So why me for PIPELINE-FLUSHING chemicals in Port Harcourt? These scammers are getting bolder and fortunately, less creative..People ..BEWARE!

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    1. Lol. This one already knew a lil bit about you. He was probably looking for you to drop some money for the 'contract'

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  8. Ha! Everyone should be alert o. I never respond to any random text messages. Someone in my office got N2 million stolen from his account via fake bank emails.

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    1. Ahn ahn. Are you serious? That's too bad. People should never give their online banking info online.

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  9. Wow! terrible people! Kmt.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Really terrible people. The world would be a better place without them.

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  10. This is what they mean when they say "you cannot guy a guy" but nawa oh. What kind of scam is this. So bad!

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    1. Lol. I have never heard that slang before. I will be sure to save that for future use. Thanks

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  11. Wow!
    Wth?
    Thank God you didn't tell them where you work

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    1. Now that is the jamb question. Where exactly do I work? Lol.

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  12. My first instinct would probably have been to load them digits first and then call to see who the Samaritan was/is...then of course play along with the scam! Always a charm.

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    1. They were fake jare. I don't need anyone to tell me that, lol.

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  13. Wow thank you. No wonder some people don't pick up numbers they don't know. www.secretlilies.com

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    1. Not picking unknown numbers is one of the most senseless things I can think of, only if its an extremely private number that only ur parents and siblings have.

      Someone in showbiz told me, you cannot afford not to pick unknown numbers cos u never know who is calling. It might just be your next big break.

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  14. Wow this is some crazy stuff. Good thing you realised what they were up to before they cleaned you out!

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    1. Glad I did o. Long time. Thanks for dropping by.

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  15. Wow, more people should know this.

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    1. Yes. Please, spread the word if you can.

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  16. Nawa ooo - what kind of scam is this

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  17. Sigh * this is a new level of scam. Thanks for the info

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  18. Blessings...
    Mercy, why people are such jackasses, some fools are always trying to make easy money, risking their freedom. I don't answer nothing coming in that i don't know about too much of that nonsense in going on not only in Nigeria.

    Have a blessed weekend

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    1. Yes o. These kinds of things happens everywhere.

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  19. What?! What?! They keep coming up with all sorts of alternative.....trying to scam all the time. It is well. Thanks for the heads up

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  20. Lol at your last two sentences.....the scammers don't fear God oh...imagine using prayer as a means of scamming.

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  21. Na wa o. The length people will go to steal money they didn't earn.

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  23. They had to step up their game. I remember when they used to be on the street asking for address to some place where a supposed man of God who is sitting at the back of the car had to go pray for someone and before you know it, they will be telling you how your mom or family member is plotting your downfall.

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