The Nigeria police have advised citizens against deceptive vehicle auction scams by fraudsters who impersonate senior officers to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians.
Assistant Commissioner of Police, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations officer in a statement on Sunday, arising from surge in reported incidents.
He explained that scammers use senior officers as a shield to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians.
The scammers pose as representatives of the police authority, to obtain financial contributions by using vehicle auctions and favours, including contracts from the NPF as baits.
“We wish to emphasize that the NPF adheres strictly to a standardized protocol for conducting legitimate vehicle auctions, contracts, and legitimate deals, in line with the provisions of extant laws.
“Specifically, let it be clear that the IGP as an individual doesn’t approve or sell property, especially cars, on public auctions.
“Every auction must follow due process as enshrined in the Nigeria Police Act, 2020. It, therefore, is imperative for all residents to exercise caution and refrain from parting with their funds in response to such unauthorized solicitations.
“We urge everyone to independently verify any information related to police activities, particularly vehicle auctions, through official communication channels.
“The NPF verified platforms include the official email address at email@example.com, @PoliceNG on social media platforms”, the Force”, Adejobi said.
The statement also urge lawful citizens to remain vigilant and consult verified sources, the public can thwart potential scams and protect their financial well-being.