Report By:Seth Douperegha
WaffiTV:A heightened wave of electronic fraud known as ‘alert flashing’, otherwise, ‘fake bank alert’ has become a major source of concern to bank customers. It involves the use of SMS messages disguised as a transaction alert from a bank, to defraud unsuspecting victims.
The Commissioner of Police, Alagbon, Ikoyi, Lagos, Mr. Damian Okoro, has warned the public about this menace in a message where he also narrated how a bank customer fell victims to a fake bank alert.
He said: “Please this is a true story which happened just few days ago. My friend advertised for sale a car and put the price at N2.7 million. A prospective customer called and was given direction on how to get where the car was parked. He observed the car and informed my friend that he was heading to the bank to make payment and that she should assemble the document ready for collection as soon as payment is made.
“Shortly after that alert came to my friend’s phone and few minutes after the alert the customer came and all the paper plus the car was handed over to him and he left. To my friend’s greatest shock, she went to the bank and couldn’t find any money and the bank said that the alert did not come from them.
“My friend is planning to go to court with her bank. The advice is that alert is no longer a confirmation of payment. Please let’s all be careful when doing transactions especially this season now in this technology crazy generation”.
Vanguard MoneyDigest investigations revealed that the menace is not new but has recently been rampant as more bank customers now fall victims.
A Facebook user and businesswoman, Sandra Joseph, also fell victim of fake fraud alert during the last yuletide season.
She took to Rant HQ, a group on Facebook to warn innocent Nigerians about the menace.
According to her, three presentable men walked into her shop and pretended that they wanted to buy ten Infinix Hot6X phones which cost N48,050 each. They decided to make a cash transfer using mobile phone because they did not have cash.
The transaction was successful on their phone but when the sales rep went to the bank to withdraw the cash, the money did not reflect in her account, leaving her with a debt burden.
She wrote: “Admin please approve in order not to let another rant member fall a victim. So I was at the office today eating when three well-dressed men walked in, they said they needed 10 pieces of INFINIX HOT6X and each phone cost N48,050.
“I was overjoyed that my Xmas will be soft. Little did I know that the devil was laughing at me. I started writing receipts and when it was time for payment, I gave them our boss’s Zenith Bank account to make the transfer since they didn’t come with cash but the transfer wasn’t successful, so the sales girl who was banking with Fidelity Bank gave them her own account number to run the transfer and an alert entered indicating that the money has been transferred successfully.