Tuesday, 18 November 2014

EFCC Issues Advisory On Fake Invitation Letters By Fraudsters

It has become necessary to alert the general public about the activities of fraudsters who have been impersonating officials of the Commission and extorting money from members of the public under various guises.
Despite arrests and successful prosecution of some of them by the Commission, the syndicates have continued to mushroom and changing tactics as soon as their latest modus operandi are exposed.

 There have been of recent, a worrying upsurge in the number of fake invitation letters purported to have been issued by the EFCC, which the criminals are busy sending to unsuspecting members of the public, alleging high financial crimes against them.

Pliable recipients of some of these letters have lost millions of naira to these gangsters in their desperation to forestall arrest and possible prosecution for unstated crimes.

Despite repeated warnings by the Commission, that no genuine EFCC invitation will request the recipient to call any private GSM number or any telephone line for that matter and that EFCC will not invite anybody to a meeting at any place other than the known offices of the Commission, many are still falling victims of the scam.

The new dimension to the criminal exploits of the syndicates, is to send text messages to  would-be victims, alleging that they have pending cases before the EFCC and offering  proposals for a soft landing. This new gimmick is targeted at politicians, especially those who are aspiring to hold offices in the next dispensation.
The Commission wishes to state as follows:

·        EFCC invitation letters do not bear personal telephone numbers. They are usually signed by duly authorised officers and invitees are clearly instructed to report to a specified officer at the Commission’s office;
·        No EFCC invitation will require the invitee to report at any building or location outside the known offices of the Commission;
· EFCC invitation cannot be traded off under any circumstance;
·        The Commission does not demand or accept payment, either to commence or discontinue an investigation;
·        EFCC does not invite persons under investigation via text messages;
·        Any person who receives an invitation letter should confirm the authenticity of such an invitation from the Commission through the following email or telephone numbers: info@efccnigeria.org, 09-9044752 or 09-9044753
·        No authentic EFCC invitation letter will request anybody to contact an official by telephone. Rather, you are asked to report at EFCC office to be interviewed by a designated officer

·        The known offices of the Commission are:

a    5, Fomella Street, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse 2, Abuja;
b     15A Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
c     6A Olumeni Street, Off Forces Avenue, Old GRA, Port Harcourt;
d     4 EFCC Road, GRA Gombe; 2 Hajj Camp Road;
e     Kano and Plot 106 Federal Government College Road, Independence Layout, Enugu;

A few weeks ago, the Commission arrested one Olubunmo Olalekan who had been churning out fake invitation letters and messages to prominent citizens and heads of organisations alleging fraud against them from his Akure base. Now, his accomplice, Mohammed Yunusa Tope, a 30-year-old, who hails from Auchi, Edo State, has been arrested by the Commission. He was picked up in a sting operation at a new generation bank in Kano as he attempted to withdraw the N2million he demanded from the head of a federal government agency.