LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THE POPULAR SCAM HAPPENING NOW IN NIGERIA.
Every time, we read on whatsapp that Boko Haram injected 100,000 apples and oranges with HIV but people hardly circulate the REAL scams going on in Nigeria.
There is a very popular scam that has been around for over 10years now and no one is talking about it.
10years ago, I was almost a victim myself at oshodi Lagos, and trust me, it can happen to anybody.
This morning, I read the news about a girl that was raped and robbed in lagos by these men. I have read similar news that happened in other states and people often blame it on jazz or think that these people are kidnappers! No! It is not charm. I’ll explain.
This scam usually involve two people: A man who claims to be a foreigner(black) or he’ll ask you for directions to an herbal center or hospital nearby. The second man who pretends to be a good Samaritan will later approach both of you. These are the 3 formats they usually use:
FORMAT 1: The man (foreigner) will tell you that he lost all his goods to area boys, and now he needs transport fare to go to his sister’s place where he kept all the remaining imported goods(iphones, gold chains, laptops etc). Now if you give him money or not, a guy will approach you to ask you what the ‘mad’ man was saying. Then after you explain, the second man would give the foreigner money too. Then the foreigner will ask both of you to follow him that he will give you free iPhone each. The second guy will be the one convincing you that you should both follow him. Once you follow them, you have been trapped. Now you are happy to get free iPhone for your good Samaritan. When you get to his sister’s place, you’ll see plenty paper on the floor and he will turn one of the paper to 1000naira after washing it with one Central Bank chemical. The man will tell you that it’s a secret that big men and central bank produce money by washing papers with chemical and that he wants to bless you with the secret CBN chemical to turn any paper to money. Now you are happy again.
Then he will tell you that he has the CBN chemical that you should give him money for the chemical. Don’t forget that the second man is with you. He knows what is going on but he will be acting as if he’s very happy that both of you are going to make millions for helping the foreigner.
Then they will bring a pastor or Alfa to make an oath between all of you to keep it a secret. If you’re a woman, all of them will ask that they sleep with you to complete the oath. You’ll agree because you are scared that they have metaphysical powers. But it’s all lies. The pastor or Alfa can perform simple magic like making smoke come out of his hand or making saliva come out of your hands. Don’t be deceived, the second guy has touched your hand with something that makes foamy liquid. They do this so that you’ll believe them. Then they will ask you to go and bring all the money and gold in your house to buy the chemical. That’s how you’ll go back and empty your account or steal all your parents’ gold and money in the house. Afterall, you’ll make everything back with the magic chemical.
FORMAT 2: There’s no much difference. The man can ask you where herbal center is, that he has a powerful egg to sell to the herbal doctor that owns the herbal center. Each egg will turn to 10million naira. Then the second guy will approach you to ask what’s going on. Then he will convince you to follow them to the herbal center. When you get there, the herbalist will put the egg with paper inside bucket of water and change it to 1000naira. Then they’ll ask you to go and bring all your money to buy 20 eggs each. It’s all the same format.
FORMAT 3: This usually happen in a bus. The man will sit at the back with a Ghana-must-go bag, and the driver will be asking him what’s inside the bag. The man will not talk. Then the driver will say he knows that money is inside. Then the driver will threaten him to share the money between all of you. If you are inside the bus, the driver will park and open the bag. Then you’ll see plenty dollars(fake prints) inside the bag. Now they will tell you they have to take an oath to keep it a secret, and nobody should tell the police. Then they will tell you to go and bring all your money to wash the charm on the money because they stole it from one powerful politician.
After giving them your money. These people will disappear. And your eyes will clear. You’ll think it’s jazz but it’s not jazz.
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