Amid rising rate of suspicious ponzi schemes advertised across social media, a concerned Nigerian "lawyer and certified crime manager", has warned members of the public against financial engagement with operators of a fraudulent Kia Rio splash promo.
Expressing his worries to Legit.ng over the fake online promo, the man, whose identity is protected because of the sensitivity of the issue, revealed that the "Kia Rio Splash Promo (Facebook Page) is a scam. And all testimonies there are from hacked accounts."
According to him, a lot of people have been "swindled of their hard earn money by this miscreants and fraudsters," urging Nigerians to stay clear of fraud while also charging the telecommunication sector to track the numbers used by the trickish fraudsters.
He said that after much investigation, he discovered that the operators are faceless individuals who hacked people's social media account to perpetrate cyber crime by promising people 100% return of their monetary investment.
Their mode of operation
The lawyer revealed: "They chat you up with a hack facebook account mostly those familiar or close to you( making you believe the person can easily be traced, therefore cannot scam you).
"After exchanging pleasantries, he/she ask if you have registered for the Kia Rio Splash promo. The moment you say no, he/she tells you how you are about to miss out and how tested and trusted the scheme is. Immediately screen shot of testimonies about the scheme from some facebook accounts they've hacked is sent to trying to convince you it works.
"Another message follows telling you is about investing and getting 100% percent of your investment in hours depending on the sum you invest. You are also made to understand the bigger the sum invested the faster your payment is processed.
"Any further enquiry from you- you will be promptly asked how much you intend to invest, also demanding your details including Phone Numbers, Email, Account Number and name to register you.
"The moment you forward your details. He/she tells you to be expecting a call from the Company Customers Care Line, also that the moment you are called by the Company you should go ahead and pay the amount you intend to invest."
Opening more cans of worms, the lawyer revealed that upon joining the ponzi scheme, if the new member tried to protest further payment demand, the person behind customer care would be less responsive.
He added: "Where eventually you pay, the clone customer care line calls to acknowledge receipt of your upgrade fee demanding that you make a final payment of the registration sum for you to be credited in 6hrs with double of the total sum of all your payments.
"When you protest, he tells you except the next payment is made you losses the first payment for registration and the second for upgrade.
"Where you protest their tricks, they immediately block your line from reaching them and also block you on the hacked Facebook Account used to communicate with you. Off they go.''
He, however, warned members of the public to be conscious of people they would be dealing with online, adding that fraudsters and bad men have spread out like locust looking for those to prey on with a fraudulent eye-catching offer.
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Recall that some months ago, over 13,000 people were reportedly defrauded of about N27b in Cross River state after a Ponzi scheme operating under the name, Micheno Multipurpose Cooperative Society (MMCS), shutdown without paying depositors.
Legit.ng had reported that MMCS which launched in Calabar in June 2018 and had been attracting patronage from residents of the city numbering about 13,000.
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