Hafiz Oyetoro is a popular name in the Nigerian entertainment industry. The theatre art lecturer, nicknamed Saka, is a very successful comic artist, model, and brand ambassador of some of the country’s notable brands. With these credentials, it is not surprising that Saka has a very large fan base on social media.
Unfortunately, many of his fans are paying dearly for being his fans on social media. Con artists have created numerous Facebook accounts in the name of the popular actor with which they swindle his fans of huge sums of money. They also make phone contacts with thousands of Nigerians notifying them of their success in a Saka Fans Reward Promo designed to reward his fans for their loyalty and support. Winners are informed of their prizes and then asked to pay some amount for delivery. Can you beat that!
Arigbabuwo Adeshina Ganiyu was one of the recipients contacted. According to him, “A man who claimed to be Hafiz chatted with me. He gave me a code and a certain number to call (GIFT CODE-72DA52Fe! Call my office this morning now on 07017491714 to grap urs congrat). I called and they told me their office was in Akure and that I will need to pay ₦8,950 for delivery.” Ganiyu told them Hafiz’s office is located in Lagos and not Akure and that ended the conversation. They never called him again.
While Ganiyu sensed a scam and opted out Zakariyyah Ajannaku Maimunah never suspected anything and lost her money to the scammers. According to her, she believed she was communicating with Saka on Facebook and transferred the money requested to the account provided. After the payment, she was expecting the item she won to be delivered to her but that never happened. “Immediately I transferred the money to him, he blocked himself from my friends list,” Maimunah lamented.
Like Maimunah, thousands of Nigerians have fallen victims of these swindlers who are adopting various dubious means to get more victims.
However, Saka has taken to social media to dissociate himself from the scam.
“I, Hafiz Oyetoro (a.k.a SAKA) wish to alert members of the public to be aware of some unknown fraudsters who are currently deceiving people that I am running a promo. They are parading themselves as agents in one A&T Anti-courier service, overseeing the said promo on my behalf. These fraudsters are reportedly asking people to claim some mouth-watering prizes such as laptops, Hi-phones, etc. They are using fake promo codes to ask Nigerians to pay the sum of Nine Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty naira (₦9,850) to the following accounts:
1. Monday Rotimi, First Bank Accout No. 3065486053
2. Peter Ade, Diamond Bank Account No. 1102393240
3. Peter Ade, Access Bank account No. 0691938545
The phone numbers they use in calling their victims are:
07017491714, 08156905888, 09099755824
My esteemed fans, Gentlemen of the Press and Distinguished members of the general public, I am using this medium to announce that I am not running any promo. I wish to state publicly that I am not a party to such a group (nor would ever be). I hereby disassociate myself from them and advise you all to do so. Thank you and warmest regards.”
Saka is not the only person whose identity is being stolen on social media networks. Consumer Life Nigeria notes that many other prominent Nigerians, particularly religious leaders, entertainers, politicians and private sector leaders, are being impersonated by scammers with fraudulent intentions. Beware and don’t fall a victim.
We urge those whose identities are being used to defraud people and victims of such scams to inform security agencies immediately.