Police arrested two men who specialize in defrauding car dealers in Lagos by issuing fake bank cheques and fake bank alerts, Vanguard reports.
The suspects were nabbed on Tuesday, June 21, when one of their victims raised the alarm when he discovered that an alert he got for the payment of the vehicle sold to the suspects was fake.
According to Vanguard, prior to their arrest yesterday, the suspects, who claimed they were sent by their boss, had succeeded twice in issuing fake bank alerts and stealing cars from dealers at car marts.
The victim identified as Ifeanyi became suspicious of the transaction after he allegedly received bank transaction alert for the payment of the vehicle. His suspicion paid off after his assistant, who was sent to the bank to confirm the payment, informed him that the said transaction did not reflect in their bank account.
Another car dealer, who spoke in confidence, said yesterday was not the first time criminals were using fake bank alerts to purchase vehicles from the park and getting away with it.
“God has exposed them today.” he said. “The last time it happened, the bank server was down so they just allowed them to go. Later we found out that it was a fake alert.”
The suspects, who were almost lynched by the dealers, confessed to have succeeded with two vehicles sometime ago from the same New Way Park Berger, through same fraudulent method.
They were later taken to the police station. Lagos State Police spokesperson, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case was not reported at Kirikiri Police Division.