How I duped 33 men on Instagram pretending to be a lady – Suspect
Falope Oluwole Israel, a 22-year old, was arrested at a popular club in Ikeja City Mall, by officials of the Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State 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.
Falope’s 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, he maintained @froshwhite007 and @froshwhite, separately, for same purpose.
The complainant, Bernard, stated that he transferred N1m to Isreal, thinking he was a lady. “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 said he paid N100,000 into her account to support her bogus fashion outfit. Admitting the allegation, Israel noted that he had duped no fewer than 33 men and that the least amount he received from any of them was N80,000.
The suspect said:
“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 which transformed my voice into that of a lady.
I got several pictures of Shayla, a pretty U.S-based lady on my profile. Since then, men have been disturbing me and calling to request for a date. What I do is that I assess people based on their appearance on IG, add them and thereafter open up conversations with them before I start bringing up all manners of stories in order to dupe them.”
“He admitted bleaching his skin to escape the taunting of girls that he was a very ugly guy,” a source stated.