An unknown internet fraudster has created a fake Facebook account for the Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Prof. Fidelis Okafor, using it to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Investigations revealed that the Facebook account which has existed for about six months was ignored by the institution until the fraudster used it to defraud two people, pretending to be the V.C.
It was gathered that preliminary investigations on the incident revealed that the person behind the account is a female internet fraudster (yahoo girl) as the account which those who were defrauded paid into had data traced to a girl. The phone number on the account was also called and a female voice responded before switching off and disappearing.
It was gathered that one of the victims was told to pay in some amount of money for admission purposes while the second was told to deposit an advance for laptops to be distributed to the staff. The victim was promised a laptop supply contract and was told to advance a sum which ended up in the fraudster’s account.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the University, Festus Ntomchukwu told Massmediang in an interview that the Vice Chancellor of the institution had no Facebook account. According to him: “The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Fidelis Okafor does not operate any Facebook account. That thing is fake and we are advising the public to stay away from that page. We are still investigating the matter.”
Another staff of the PR Unit who spoke on the basis of anonymity said that the investigation of the matter was at advanced level. “We have contacted the bank that the victims paid in the money. The data used in opening the fraudster’s account matched that a female. When we called the phone number attached to the account a girl picked and responded briefly before switching off but efforts are at advanced level to nab the person. But for now we want people to stop commenting on that page before another person falls victim again.”