Conmen clone Governor Lalong's telephone number, solicit help from public

Conmen clone Governor Lalong's telephone number, solicit help from public

- Criminal elements have been reported by Plateau state government of making use of the governor's cloned line to solicit financial assistace

- The government has warned the public to disregard such messages

- It said that security agencies had been notified on the activities of the fraudsters

An alarm has been raised by the Plateau state government over the cloning of the telephone number of Governor Simon Lalong, using it to solicit financial assistance.

According to the government, security agencies had been notified of the development, Punch reports. notes that a statement issued on Thursday, April 19, by the Plateau state commissioner for information and communication, Yakubu Dati, advised members of the public to disregard such messages.

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The statement partly read: “It has come to the notice of the government that criminal elements have cloned the telephone number of Governor Simon Lalong and are using same to solicit financial assistance from the unsuspecting public."

One of such messages reads: "Call Prof Aminu on this number 07037694791; collect his account details (and) credit it with the sum of N2m. I will talk to you in the night."

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Meanwhile, previously reported that a suspected fraudster, Usman Baba Yusuf, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for his involvement in the cloning of the phone number of Abdulmumini Bako, a former special assistant to the ex-comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko.

The verdict was passed after the suspect pleaded guilty when he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 29, to a four-count amended charge of cheating, impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N2 million.

The anti-graft agency in a statement on Tuesday, April 17, said Yusuf, who was being charged along with Balarabe Abdullahi, had initially absconded, but was later arrested by operatives who found him in his hideout and brought him to court. The convict was alleged to have connived with Abdullahi to defraud a customs officer.

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