Guy Pretending To Be A Lady On Instagram Dupes 33 Men


I don’t really blame this fraudster but men who are sending money to a “lady” they don’t even know.

22yrs old Falope Oluwole Israel was arrested at a popular club in Ikeja City Mall, by officials of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos Police Command.

It was gathered that the suspect recently celebrated his birthday at Hard & Rock, Lekki, Lagos, week before his arrest, where he lavished over half a million on foods and drinks.

The suspect, a 100 level part time student of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ogba, Lagos, said that he has been in the business for more than two years.

His activities on Instagram was placed under investigations when the Police received a complaint about an Instagram handle @blackberbiedoll, used for criminal activities.

Apart from @blackberbiedoll, which he prominently used for fraudulent activities, he maintained @froshwhite007 and @froshwhite separately for same purpose.

The complainant, Bernard stated that he got a friend request from @blackberbiedoll. “Apparently, the picture on the account was that of a lady. The lady in question messaged me on BBM. Honestly, I thought I was chatting with a woman who claimed to be in Nigeria at the time.

“She (he) lied to me that her father was a Nigerian and her mum, a Kenyan, and so we got talking. At a point, she (he) lied that she was building a beauty outfit in Ikota Shopping Mall, VGC and that she (he) was in need of some money to complete the mall,” Bernard added.

He explained further, “I had to transfer N1million to her (him). Weeks later, I got suspicious of the account name Olawole Israel Oluwaseun Falope. I ran a search on Google, and then discovered it was all scam…. Immediately, I reported the incident to Instagram and that account was blocked and later suspended to prevent others from falling victim.”

Another victim, who did not want his identity disclosed said he paid N100,000 into her (his) account to support her bogus fashion outfit.

Admitting the allegation, the suspect noted that since he started the fraudulent act about 2 years ago, he had duped no fewer than 33 men pretending to be a lady on Instagram and that the least amount he received from any of them was N80,000.

“When I started, much as I pretended to be a lady on phone, some men on the other side didn’t believe me. I then downloaded an app on Google which transformed my voice into that of a lady whenever I am having conversation…. I got several pictures of Shayla, a pretty United States based lady on my profile. Since then, men have been disturbing me and calling to request for a date,” he stated.

He said, “What I do is that I assess people based on their appearance on Instagram, add them and thereafter open up conversations with them before I start bringing up all manners of stories in order to dupe them…. At a point, I lied to most of them that I had an accident and I lost my ATM. I told them that I need some money. Some of them were generous enough to drop money into my account.”

“I lied to them that I was putting up a boutique and saloon at Ikota, VGC and Lekki, and that I need money to finish setting up…. I know I made a mistake downloading Shayla’s pictures and used them for fraudulent purposes. I am telling you the truth, those that I have collected money from cant be more than 33,” he explained.

The owner of the profile pictures the suspect used, Shayla had complained to Instagram that some Nigerians were using her profile pictures to scam unsuspecting members of the public.

It was also disclosed that the guy claimed to be a friend of Toke Makinwa, Tonto Dike, Don jazzy, Peter Okoye, Oristsefemi, Timaya, Dami Adenuga, Mike Adenuga jnr, Ramsey Noah, etc.

“I know all of them. I attend a lot of shows, I meet them, take photographs with them, even exchange numbers. Like sister Toke Makinwa, Tonto Dike, Uncle Ramsey Noah, these are the kind of celebrities I look up to and I want to be like them,” he stated.

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