No matter what gets happens or what amount of information is available, people always get scammed online or offline. Scamming works based on human psychology. The principles do not differ. In this post, I am going to share a story about a man who got scammed. Then I will ask you to analyze the various reasons to help other unsuspecting potential victims.
I don’t understand why he entered the deal in the first place but wouldn’t you have done the same?
Kojo received a call from an old friend. He could not make this friend out. However, the guy told Kojo that, they met in Kojo’s church a long time back.
This resurfaced old friend proceeded to tell Kojo that, the reason why he was calling him was because there was a white man who was looking for a business partner.
This white man’s company manufactured computer parts. They used silicon in their production process.
Unfortunately, the Alhaji who was supplying the white man’s company died recently and so the white man called him to find out whether he could find him another supplier.
According to Kojo’s friend, whiles he was chatting with the white man, Kojo’s name came to mind. This is when he ransacked his diary for Kojo’s number. He needed to inform Kojo before he gives his number to the white man.
He told Kojo he knows where the Alhaji buys the Silicon to supply. If only Kojo gives him the go ahead to give his number to the white man, he would also show Kojo where they buy the silicon in Abeokuta.
The profit margin was very appealing so, Kojo consented that his number be given to the white man.
He showed Kojo where the Alhaji was buying the Silicon in Abeokuta to supply the white man’s company.
Later that evening, a white man called Kojo with a Belgian number. He introduced himself and asked Kojo whether he could help provide him with silicon for his plant in the US. Kojo answered in the affirmative.
The white man said he was coming to Lagos that night for a business meeting the next day and would be staying for 2days. To ensure that they build a good business relationship, he had to see samples of the first consignment before he travels back to Belgium.
He gave an address of the Hotel he would be lodging at and the room he had reserved.
Kojo, equipped with the address his friend gave him, travelled to Abeokuta.
He located the address his friend gave him and heaps of materials nicely packaged in the warehouse. He was told the items were silicon. He came back to Lagos, organised money and then went to pay for the items the next day.
Upon arriving Lagos, He called the friend who introduced him to the white man to witness the transaction. The guy’s phone was off.
Then he called the white man who now was communicating with him with a Nigerian number to inform him that he was on his way to the hotel because he had acquired the good. The white man answered the call and told him to come over to the hotel.
When he reached the hotel with the load of silicon, he called the white man’s phone. It was off. He tried the Belgian number. That line was also off.
Kojo arrived at the hotel in the company of another friend, he was told that the room number that he was given had not been occupied for over 3weeks now.
Moreover, there was no reservation made for that room by any person.
Kojo’s temperature began to rise. What was happening? He took the Silicon back to his office with the consolation that, he would find a buyer because silicon was an important material in manufacturing essential computer parts.
Kojo decided to open one pack of silicon to see how silicon looked like. Lo and behold, inside the beautiful package was sand.
He took the next available bus to Abeokuta. Upon reaching there, he noticed that the warehouse where he bought the sand was closed. There was no trace of a single human being there apart from a gateman.
He asked the gateman where the workers who were in the warehouse the previous day had gone to. The gateman told him the landlord drove them out. Apparently, they were squatting in the place.
No attempt by Kojo to contact any of the people he engaged with in the transaction was successful after he purchased the sand. This was in the year 2008. Till today, all the parties involved in this deal have not surfaced.
I want to open this discussion for the benefit of other people who want to engage in business ventures.
What did Kojo do wrong? How could he have insulated himself from getting scammed? Share your thoughts