Car Dealer Stung by Fake Alert as Customer Vanishes During Test Drive In Ogun State
In a troubling incident that unfolded in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State, a car dealer, Olatubosun Gafar, found himself in a state of distress as a result of a fraudulent transaction involving a customer, Segun Opeyemi. Opeyemi managed to swindle Gafar by sending a fabricated payment alert of N6.2 million and, to make matters worse, made off with one of Gafar’s vehicles.
According to information gathered by PUNCH Metro, the dubious transaction began when Opeyemi entered Gafar’s office on a fateful Wednesday and expressed interest in purchasing a 2014 model Toyota Camry Spyder that was parked within the premises.
Seemingly legitimate, Opeyemi returned the following Thursday morning, completed the payment for the vehicle, and even sent Gafar a receipt through WhatsApp messenger. At this point, it appeared to be a straightforward business deal.
However, the situation took a distressing turn when Opeyemi, post-payment, requested to take the car for a test drive and also needed to withdraw cash from a nearby bank. Gafar, trusting his customer, joined him in the car.
What followed was an unexpected twist as Opeyemi contacted his mother and informed her that he was on his way to meet her in his newfound vehicle. Gafar received a call from the office, asking them to return and collect the vehicle’s receipt and new number plate. However, Opeyemi refused, insisting that he didn’t want to keep his mother waiting at an alleged Sawmill bus stop in Ijebu Ode.
Opeyemi made a plea to the car dealer, offering him N50,000 and assuring him he would return in a mere 10 minutes to collect the receipt and number plate. Trusting his customer, Gafar exited the car, and that’s when Opeyemi made a swift getaway.
Gafar shared his ordeal, saying, “I don’t know what he used on me, but that was how I got out of the vehicle, and he drove off.” He patiently waited for the promised payment to reflect in his account, but it never did. A visit to a nearby Eco Bank revealed the grim truth – the payment was a fake alert.
In his desperate quest for justice, Gafar reported the incident to the police at the Area Command, Igbeba Police Station, Ijebu Ode.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Omolola Odutola, when contacted, expressed that she was occupied with various responsibilities but assured that she would respond to the inquiry at a later time. As of the time of reporting, she had not yet provided further information on the matter.