Emakhu Peace, a student from Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, shared how she fell victim to Davo Shedrach Joshua’s forex investment scam.
Peace told FIJ that she became aware of Joshua’s investment offer when Okuneye Idris Olanrewaju, a popular media influencer better known as Bobrisky, asked his followers to click on a link he had posted on his Instagram page last week.
“Bobrisky said we should follow him for gifts and exchanges. When I clicked on the link, I was directed to an Instagram page and the guy asked us to click on a link. This led to his WhatsApp number and I saved it,” Peace said.
“I transferred N25,000 to the ‘forex trader’ who sent me his bank details on behalf of Davo Shedrach Joshua on Tuesday. He told me I would receive N125,000 the next day.
“The initial investment cost is N50,000. But to ‘encourage’ people, Joshua said ‘two interested investors’ could team up and pay 25,000 naira each.
“I sent him a message that I would like to match. He sent me his account number and I transferred 25,000 naira to him on Tuesday 18th October. But after sending him the proof of payment, he ignored my chat.
“When he updated his WhatsApp status, I messaged him and he said he just matched me.
“Then on Wednesday morning he posted on WhatsApp that anyone who had spoken the day before should DM him, which I did. But he hasn’t responded to me since.
“Even if he doesn’t pay the profit, he should return my N25,000.”
When FIJ was looking for Joshua’s page on Instagram, he was unreachable.
Coincidentally, a similar search on Facebook turned up a page with the name, Francis Bane.
The phone number on Francis Bane’s page matched the WhatsApp number the ‘forex trader’ had used to scam the two victims who had so far told IFJ about his fraudulent scheme. The phone number is 09137588152.
IJF had previously reported how the currency trader refused to refund him the 50,000 naira belonging to Blessing Nwonu, a resident of Ile-Ife.
Nwonu had ‘invested’ the sum with Joshua last Saturday hoping to get 200,000 naira in return on Sunday.
In his conversation with Nwonu, the “forex trader” had sent him an account number with the name of Barinamda Joshua Koteh.
By the time Peace reported the incident to IJF, Bobrisky had already deleted the post from his Instagram page.
A message sent to Bobrisky on Snapchat, an instant messaging app, for comment on the issue, had not received a response at press time.
The ‘forex trader’ also did not respond to messages FIJ sent him as his number remained off.