Friday, 3 February 2017

How fraudsters impersonate Nigerian Army chief, dupe victims

The Nigerian Army has decried the activities of fraudulent and mischievous persons who swindle unsuspecting victims by impersonating the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai.

The Army noted with serious concern that the fraudsters were employing various means and techniques through the use of the internet and social media to perpetrate their criminal acts.
Spokesman for the Nigerian Army, Brigadier General Sani Usman, in a statement said, “All are please requested to be vigilant and to report such suspected persons to the nearest police station, Nigerian Army formations or units and other security agencies.
“Their modeu operandi includes name-dropping, claiming that they were sent to solicit for assistance or patronage using the name and photographs of the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General TY Buratai, to create various social media accounts with the intent of currying favours and financial assistance, amongst other tricks.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to make it emphatically clear that at no time has the Lieutenant General TY Buratai solicited for funds and assistance through individuals, groups and any of the social media platforms.
“In view of this, members of the general public are therefore enjoined to be wary of such persons or groups and social media accounts in the name of the Chief of Army Staff.
“Efforts are ongoing to track and apprehend such persons.”

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