Criminals who specialize in defrauding people have confessed they get victims details searching their information in dustbins.
Uche Ujokwu, Ifeanyi Chukwu, Nnegbu Rowland and Lucky Paul, arrested for criminal activities of fraud confessed they search dustbins at Federal Secretariat and other offices in Abuja, the Nigerian capital city to get information about their victims.
The criminals say their approach is to visit offices, search and pick thrashed documents from the bins to get contacts of companies and businessmen seeking contracts from the ministries.
They, however, said, when found such information, they would pose as intermediaries who could help them procure the contracts from the ministries where the documents were found, and in the end, dupe them.
City Round reports that the suspects have duped many of millions of naira before they were apprehended when they wanted to dupe one Alhaji the sum of N14 million.
The suspects contacted Alhaji on the phone after retrieving his proposal from a bin at the Ministry of Works.
The contractor had reportedly submitted a proposal for a road construction project and a member of the gang contacted him, claiming he was a personal assistant to a director in the ministry where Alhaji had submitted his proposal.
He told Alhaji that his proposal was being considered and demanded N14 million to bride top officials in the ministry for his proposal to be approved.
A demand Alhaji agreed, however, shortly after Alhaji paid the N14 million, the telephone use in contacting him ceased to connect anymore.
Having realized, he has been duped, Alhaji petitioned the office of the Inspector-General of Police and the IGP Intelligence Response Team led by Mr. Abba Kyari.
An action that led to the suspects’ arrest
“The members usually ransacked through bins at the federal ministry secretariats at the Central Business Districts, Abuja, looking for documents or business proposals disposed of by businessmen and companies seeking contracts from the Federal Government, a police source said.
“When they stumbled on any document, in some cases, they would write to the company or businessman with a letterhead from the federal ministry where the document was found and insert a phone number belonging to a member of the syndicate which the businessman or the company would contact, police added.