An 18 year old boy named Segun Adeyefa have been arrested by the operatives of Rapid Response Squad (RRS) in Lagos State. He was apprehended for allegedly selling bar soap to people in pretense of a mobile phone. He was arrested yesterday night around Ikorodu Motor Park while trying to defraud a man at the park. Segun confessed that before he was arrested he had duped someone of N3,500. He claimed to have stated the act last year after he was duped with the same technique.
“My action was prompted when I was swindled by two guys about a year ago by this way. I had intention of buying a phone but unknowingly to me it was a cut-to-size bar of soap just looked similar to a phone shape… The two guys approached me on my way to work, then, I was learning a plumbing work somewhere around Ikorodu… I bought the phone which was advertised to me as ‘London used phone’ for N2, 500… As I left the place, I checked the phone I bought, to my surprise, I discovered it was a soap I bought for such amount… That very moment I promised myself to revenge by doing same to the people,”.
Speaking on how he mastered the act of deception he said,”after I discovered that it was a cut-to-size soap I bought as phone, I learnt that tactics by understudying the material…. The item contained cut-to-size soap, carton and wrapped all together with a cello tape.”
“What I usually do is called exchange. My prospective victims will have the mind of buying handset from me but unknowingly to them I would have changed the real handset to soap wrapped with cut to size carton put inside an envelope… I will engage them in discussion after showing them real phone initially, and in the process of bargaining for the price, I will change it with the aid of white handkerchief to fake phone… And, I will tell them to keep the phone inside their pockets immediately that people are watching us. As soon as the buyer left the spot, I will immediately change my location by moving to another place.”
Confirming the report the PRO Superintendent of police SP Dolapo Badmus said the public should be cautious of people who approach them on the highway to buy phones.