Scammers exist everywhere. Street scam has existed long before internet scam and it’s not stopping any time soon. When you fall victim to street scammers, you might end up being really stranded.
There are various methods used by scammers to defraud victims. We cannot exhaust all of them in one article that’s why this series is necessary.
The essence of this series is to make you “street wise” so as to be able to resist any attempt by unscrupulous elements to scam you while going about your business.
The passenger format
Sam is a Keke (popular name for tricycle in Nigeria) rider. It was a cool evening around 8 pm. While picking and dropping passengers along wethral road, Owerri, a passenger boarded his Keke and told him he wanted a “drop” (charter), so after dropping off the last passenger, he will take him to his destination.
The passenger said that he was going to Young Shall Grow motors to collect delivery, then go back to his office where he works as a manager in a popular hotel in New Owerri. After negotiating price, the journey started.
Shortly after coming out from the transport terminal, the passenger showed the driver the said parcel he received, it was an international passport that, according to him, was ware billed to him from his Lagos based brother… and the story continued.
The passenger asked if the driver had a car charger, he said no. Passenger now said that phone is down and so would not be able to transfer his transport fare… change of plan. They will now have to go home first where he will collect his ATM card, when they get to his office he will transfer either with ATM or POS; He will add extra 1k for the extra journey. Driver was cool with the arrangement since he will still be paid for everything. After all, that’s what he came out to do.
At this point, based on series of stories (psyching) the passenger has told the driver, the driver was already comfortable with him, so it wasn’t difficult for him to get his way.
The location of the passenger’s “residence ” is Amakohia. While inside a street in Amakohia, the passenger asked the driver to give him 3k to buy drugs for his baby since he was going home, that he will make all the transfer at once. Driver said he had 2k, passenger accepted, stopped in front of a pharmacy, went in and came out shortly thereafter, entered the Keke and pointed the driver to the direction of “his apartment”.
On getting to the said apartment, the driver stopped and waited for passenger to drop drugs and pick his ATM card so that they continue the journey. Well, my people, the Keke man may still be waiting for the passenger till today and beyond. LOL!
On a check, the driver discovered that the building has many apartments and another exit. After waiting endlessly, it dawned on him that he has been scammed. He count his losses and moved on.
What do you think should have been done by the Keke man to avoid this scam?
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