Police arrest notorious social media fraudster in Kano
A statement issued by Kano Police Command image maker, SP Abdullahi Haruna Kiyawa, on Sunday said manhunt was launched on the suspect after a public outcry on the activities of a notorious fraudster on various Social Media platforms that specialized in using male and female names, pictures, and videos, creating various accounts on Facebook, WhatsApp, etc., and defrauding many people, especially randy lovers
‘’ One Zahra Mansur, ‘f’, 20 years old also complained that she received phone calls from her close associates that someone uses her name, pictures, and videos, creating Facebook accounts, and defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, ‘’the statement said.
Solacebase reports that according to the statement, on receipt of these reports, the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, raised and instructed a team of detectives led by SP Shehu Dahiru to arrest the culprit. The team immediately swung into action using technical support.
‘’ Sustained efforts and intelligence-led follow-up, led to the arrest of the suspect, one Musa Lurwanu Maje, ‘m’, popularly known on the Social Media as Musa L Maje, 26 years old, of Sitti Village, Sumaila LGA, Kano State. The suspect was arrested in possession of a Redmi Note 11 Pro mobile phone valued at Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200,000:00) and other accessories bought from the proceeds of fraud. The sum of Seventy Thousand Naira was also recovered from his possession. Nude pictures and videos of victims were also recovered from him.’’
‘’ On investigation, the suspect confessed that he specialized in the use of Social Media and creates fake Social Media accounts to defraud unsuspecting members of the public. He claimed to have created a fake Facebook account bearing *‘’ Zahra Mansur‘’* and uses her pictures and videos to defraud people without her consent. He also confessed to having deceived many people and got their nude pictures and videos, and threatened to blackmail them if they refuse to send money to him.’’
‘’ The Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi directed for discreet investigation, after which the suspect will be charged to Court for prosecution. Anyone with a complaint against the suspect should contact 08067060267 or 08065060100.’’
‘’The good people of the State are advised to be cautious of their social media engagements, avoid sharing sensitive information with unknown persons, like pictures, videos, bank details, etc., and shun all forms of hate speeches and sharing of fake news, such as the Command will remain committed to ensuring peace continue to prevail in Kano State.’’