A Facebook page with the name, Fashion Online Store has dealt blow to many Nigerians who at different times tried to transact business with them.
The scammers also have multiple accounts on Facebook with other names as Fashion Online Store Ng, and Winborn Fashion Store.
The page claims it deals on all kinds of designers shoes, wigs and bags and gives away 30 percent discounts to its customers on every purchase made.
Unsuspecting customers who fall victims of the page are often referred by the scammers to their whatsapp number: 09054942095 or their bbm – D6017FC9, promising delivery within 2-4days.
The scammers update the page with what it termed ‘New Arrivals,’ apparently to keep the page active for more people to notice their alleged fraudulent activities.
They, however, tell victims that they are based in Lagos if their victim is based in Abuja, and the reverse if their victim is based in Lagos.
A Guaranteed Trust Bank account number – 0216993801 with the account name Irewzohi Destiny would be sent to unsuspecting customer who makes payment, with the hope that the product would be delivered in 2-4 days.
They also have other account numbers that they use to dupe their victims. They include Zenith account number – 2176619093 – Irewzohi Destiny and First bank account number – 3082618961 with the account name Idemudia Sophia.
Customer will wait endlessly for weeks and months, but products won’t be delivered. Several calls will go unanswered and whatsapp chat will pend-unread.
A Facebook user, Mrs Josephine Abba who ordered for a wig, while narrating her ordeal in the hands of the scammer said ‘’ I ordered for a human hair wig and they asked that I send 12k and that it would be delivered to my residence in Abuja in 2 days. But till now, I’m yet to receive the item. In fact, they no longer take my calls nor respond to my chat. When I tried to make comment on their Facebook wall directly, alongside other victims, our comments were quickly deleted,” tendering proofs of transaction to this reporter.
In the course of this reporter’s investigation, it was discovered that due to negative comments, a couple of the scammers’ Facebook accounts have been abandoned and have now become inactive. One of such accounts was the one with the name – Fashion Online Store Ng. The scammers opened the current account after people stopped patronizing them and invaded their page with queries. Several negative comments could be found on the already abandoned page, apparently, the reason the page was abandoned.
A Facebook user, Cynthia Chinny also narrated how she was duped with transaction details. She said she never got the products she ordered.
Another user, Nora Kaycee Nweke claimed she is currently pursuing a court case with the scammer and warned people to ”avoid them.”
A Facebook user, Akinkunmi Badmus Ogooluwa appealed to Facebook to investigate the page, while also narrating her experience.
Ebere Agbo said, ‘’ Big time scammers! It’s so bad how people do this and go about with a free conscience.”
As at the time this report was filed, this reporter made effort to reach the owners of the page through the whatsapp number provided, but calls went answered. Chats sent to the whatsapp contact were not read either. The number was later switched off permanently.
One Kecee Johnson, however, blamed some banks for not taking action. He said, ” These scammers would have been out of business or been arrested by the police if banks are willing to help. By concealing their identities and not helping to track them down, the banks are equally culpable. I think the CBN should look into this.”
See screenshots of various transactions and queries below…