14 Suspected Fraudsters Paraded in Ekiti by NSCDC

Recently, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ekiti State showcased 14 individuals believed to be part of an employment scam fraud group that tricked the public with counterfeit job offers.

In a public display held in Ado-Ekiti, the State Commandant of NSCDC, Agboola Sunday, disclosed that the Counter Terrorists Unit of the command detained the fraudsters who specialized in deceiving people through bogus job prospects.

Reportedly, the victims were confined within a location in the state and coerced into giving money under the false pretense of securing employment. The Commandant assured a thorough probe into the matter.

He urged the public to exercise caution and utilize legitimate channels when seeking job opportunities to avoid falling victim to deceitful individuals posing as potential employers.

According to him, the syndicates operated by luring individuals from other states with promises of employment, only to detain and extort money from them.

“We are conducting a comprehensive investigation into this criminal act to ensure justice prevails. It’s essential for individuals seeking employment to verify the credibility of sources. Online platforms can be misleading; therefore, confirming the legitimacy of the company or organization is crucial to prevent exploitation by fraudsters,” he stated.

One of the victims, identified as Ayala Favour, narrated his ordeal, mentioning how he fell prey to an employment offer from a company called Quest Company after being contacted by an agent on Facebook. He detailed paying N70,000 for file processing and accommodation but was isolated by the suspects from external communication.

Several suspects defended themselves, claiming to be involved in legitimate business ventures such as selling homewares and healthcare products. They asserted their affiliation with companies headquartered in Asian countries and overseen by a coordinator in Lagos.

“Our association is registered with CAC, and we operate branches in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines, with a local coordinator in Lagos. Despite collecting fees for accommodation purposes, we are yet to provide any job opportunities,” stated one suspect.

Another suspect explained the recruitment process initiated through Facebook, where potential candidates expressed interest in the offered business and paid for necessary documentation.

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