Two suspects were on Tuesday arrested by the Anambra State Police Command for fraudulent electronic payment.
The suspects, Eko Charles and Rabiu Idris, allegedly defrauded an electronics dealer on Zik Avenue of goods worth millions of naira by generating fake bank alerts purporting that they had electronically paid for the goods.
It was gathered that the suspects ran out of luck when they tried the trick three times at the same shop.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the State, Haruna Mohammed, confirmed it.
He said the arrest of the suspects followed surveillance on them by the police following reports from the victims.
Mohammed stated, “Following intelligence report, police operatives attached to the command’s monitoring unit arrested the syndicate.
“Eko Charles, 25, is the main suspect, while Rabiu Idris, 24, is the receiver. Both of them are from Gariki Ugwuoba, Enugu State.
“The suspects, who specialise in defrauding innocent traders by generating fake bank payment alerts, went to the shop of one Godwin Chukwu at No. 59 Zik Avenue, Awka, to buy television sets, fraudulently generated and sent fake SMS alert for the payment of N200,000 to the trader’s phone and he released two 32-inch television sets, oblivious of their fraudulent trick.
“The suspects did the same thing and collected four television sets and other accessories, all valued at N230,000.“The complainant went to the bank to withdraw the money but he was told by the bank that no payment was made into his account.
“The same syndicate placed an order for a 95-inch TV, a deep freezer and a generator with a promise to send the money, but police detectives laid siege to the shop premises and arrested the main suspect, Eko Charles, who came to collect the items.”