On Monday, August 17, 2020, fact-checkers at Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted on a Facebook post claiming that an investor can win N50,000 instantly from N25,000 investment.
The post which claimed the investment is an easy one said the 100 per cent benefit of investment can be received in less than one hour after payment is made.
According to the poster, the investment is legit as an investor can invest any amount of money and immediately get double the amount within 45 minutes.
The message read in part: “ I have just been credited from this platform. I invested 25k, I was paid 50,000 in not less than 45min. So I decided to share with you to join the platform and testify too. VIEW THE LINK BELOW
https://chat.whatsapp.com/Gnk0hbzwbd4GNdMAINjjQX Contact the admin directly (09037026019) for more information.
Investigations done by fact-checkers show that the message is an online scam as the evidence provided is very suspicious.
Checks by the CDD revealed that the mobile number of the “admin” as indicated in the message is registered as Anthony Joshua.
Further checks by the centre show that the investment company have continued to pressure their clients to make payments for the deal with a promise of the 100 per cent return in less than one hour.
CDD fact-checkers found out that the clients upon registration are requested to send their details and Bank Verification Numbers to a WhatsApp number – a method usually used by online scammers to defraud unsuspecting citizens. The ‘clients’ continue to receive messages convincing them to forward their personal detail to seal the deal.
A CDD fact-checker messaged the investment company on the WhatsApp provided, and the handler continued to persuade for bank details.
The persuation continued two days after the first contact was made. The company’s handler ontinued to call the fact-checker to make payment as regards the investment.
The claim that investing a certain amount of money with Winners Pay Investment company platform and get double the amount is false.
It is a method used by fraudsters to defraud citizens.
CDD urges members of the general public to be very cautious of such platforms and always verify the authenticity of these investment plans.
You can also forward suspicious messages for verification at +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica.
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