The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arrested Edoboryi Osaruese Leerees, 23, a fake Jumia agent in Benin City, Edo State.
Leerees was arrested following a petition by a lady who claimed to have paid him over One Million Naira (N1,000,000) for the supply of goods which she and her friends ordered from his page online but never got the items.
According to the lady, Leerees sent her a message on WhatsApp and told her he was an agent of Jumia and pledged with her to help him market his products which were on sales at 40% discount.
When the lady saw how attractive the prices were, she and her two friends credited his accounts with the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) and waited for the delivery of their goods.
However, when days elapsed and the goods were not forthcoming, she went to Jumia office to make enquiry and discovered that Leerees was not an agent but a fraud and then decided to petition the EFCC after he refused to refund her money.
Leerees modules operandi was to use his social media platforms as an agent of Jumia to advertise goods which are purportedly on promo at cheaper prices. This make genuine but unsuspecting customers to send money into his account for the goods to be delivered to them which were never delivered.
Investigations further revealed that Leerees is an internet fraudster and has defrauded several people. He operates with the name Vin Diesel and Mark Sinclair, an American and has obtained money from foreign nationals.
The suspect has made useful statement and would be charged to court soon.