This guide covers all you should know concerning how to report a scammer to the police in Nigeria. File a police report and don’t let that scammer go scot-free.
We do hate scammers with passion and would go the extra mile to get rid of a scammer. But to whom do we report to? Well, the best law force to report to is the police. Interested? Let’s see how you can report a scammer to the police and get your money back.
I’ve had my own encounter with scammers online and I’m glad to always be the victor. Recently, I went fully ‘experimental’ and allowed a scammer to have his way. Just like every other scammer, he was certain with the feeling that he caught a fish.
How did I get rid of the scammer? What happened thereafter? Read on and don’t forget to share.
Below are steps to report a scammer to the police in Nigeria:
Contact Your Service Provider Immediately
Contacting the service provider is step 1 on how to report a scammer to the police. Some platforms offer instant customer care messaging system. That is, you do not have to go to the nearest office for a complaint. Most banks have instant chat services that connect you within a few minutes.
On contacting the service provider, provide all details of the transactions. For instance, the bank will obtain your account number and look at the transaction to flag out.
However, once the transaction refers to a different bank, it will require a longer process to freeze the beneficiary’s account. For instance, if the transaction involved bank Y and bank X, bank Y will inform bank X of a fraudulent transaction.
What if You Deposited in Cash to the Scammer?
In this case, you should contact the beneficiary’s bank. In short, all complaints should be arriving on the beneficiary’s (scammer) bank desk. This is to say that your bank is off the book since the transaction isn’t electronic and wasn’t an inter-bank transfer.
The second thing to do before you file a police report is to make shreds of evidence available. Gather available photos, audio copies, and even videos of every activity with the scammer.
Chats and responses of the scammer are very necessary and must be not be deleted because they’re very well needed. First, try not to feel sloppy or raged. Even when you realize that you are in a scammer’s net.
The reason is that he/she will attempt to block you in order to be carefree about the matter.
Do not threaten to report the scammer otherwise, you would be exposing your first move. Do you know what the scammer will do? He/she will start threading with caution. So, take him unawares even when you’re about to file a police report.
At this point also, do not be worked up or remorseful. Engage the scammer in more chats, if you’re not yet blocked, to gather more details.
Find the Nearest Police Station
The police are the next in line regarding how to report a scammer in Nigeria. To locate the nearest police station, we have several ways to do so. In my case, I connected my phone online and searched for the “Nearest Police station”. Some seconds later, the search engine displayed the nearest police station.
Of the possible results that are likely to pop up, pick the nearest. It sometimes happens that the nearest police station is not yet registered on Google maps. In this case, you would ask around.
A neighbor or two should know the station point. On finding out, head there immediately.
Submit Your Complaint
Yet to file a police report? I want to believe you already have the necessary report. Police stations all have varying settings.
Consider asking around for the building responsible for your cause. My luck is that I asked for the building responsible for my cause while in the building.
Explain all events to the police and presently available details including, voice notes, images, chats, etc. All of these will add up in the report being made for you.
While some service providers might not require a police report to kick-start, banks sure do. Now, take the report to your bank. In cases where the transaction isn’t a bank to bank affair, the police report will be going to the beneficiary’s bank.
Concerning how to report a scammer to the police in Nigeria, is it difficult to submit the complaints? Of course, not. However, you will be charged a fee in the region of 10,000 to 20,000 Naira.
Revisit Your Service Provider
Report back to the service provider with the police report for things to take a good turn. Once the bank gets the report, the transaction will be inspected and the account froze.
Scammers are so smart that they do not use their personal bank account for fraud. But not to worry, whomever the account is traced to will be able to provide the whereabouts of the scammer.
At this juncture, as you might want to know, your activities are almost coming to an end. Not only is it coming to an end, but the scammer will be nabbed.
Follow Up with the Police
A little follow-up is necessary to keep the chase alive. However, this depends on the competency of the police situating in your location.
For instance, a certain police department will be careless about this while another will require no extra push or money gift to do the needful. Sincerely, mine was swift because of the police competency.
All in all, following up is a very vital move on how to report a scammer to the police. This will serve as an extra boost for an incompetent police force.
Moreover, I made no payment or whatsoever during the process to anybody. This might not really be the case at your end depending on the structure of things there.
Revisit the Scammer
During the follow-up process, have some good time with the scammer if you’re yet to get blocked. And I before I forget, starting from the first step, try to track the scammer location. Scammers mostly use WhatsApp because of encryptions and location safety.
Is this really a problem? Of course not. Now, search the phone number on Facebook and his profile should come up if the number is registered to Facebook. If not, try other mediums like TrueCaller.
And if nothing reasonable comes out, report the number to the network provider.
This takes us to how to report a phone scammer! To report phishing phone numbers isn’t a tough thing to do concerning how to report a scammer to the police in Nigeria.
With a copy of the police report, you could well forward the entire activities to the network provider who will help track the scammer.
Publish the Scammer Details Online
This should only be the case if the scammer has a photo identity. However, it can’t be 100% because most scammers do not use their photos when scamming. The norm is the use of a random person’s photo to cover their identity.
If you’re certain, do not hesitate to publish the scammer details online.
How to Avoid Being Scammed in Nigeria
Truthfully, we are the reasons why scammers always thrive. A little consciousness, questioning, and a quick finding would go a long way to figure out a scam. Watch out for the following whenever you’re dealing with a stranger or some non-trusted business out there.
Here is a very common characteristic of any scam. An authentic deal will not force itself on potential clients because there are others out there wishing for their attention.
A scammer in Nigeria would often message, message, and message again with the reason being that it’s just a reminder.
b. Request Personal Details
Society is enlightened on this but not everyone understands that providing personal details like credit card numbers to strangers is dangerous. The targets are often the old and it’s thus advised that you keep them informed always.
c. Unsolicited Links
This could either be sent via the social media platform, email, etc. Do not open such links unless you trust the sender.
Moreover, URLs could sometimes be shortened in a way that redirects from a malicious to an authentic webpage. Providing personal details on webpages following such links anonymously sends such data to the bad guy.
d. Sites without SSL Certificate
You’ll often find sites beginning with Http:// instead of https://. These sorts of sites communicate your entries directly to the site owner. If you enter details like credit card number, name, phone number, etc. on such sites, they’ll be stolen.
Why You Should Know How to Report a Scammer to the Police
Had the fellow who scammed you been arrested, you would not be a victim today. On this ground, reporting a scammer primarily resolves the trauma of another unknown victim. Who knows, the next victim could be you again.
Another reason is that this is a contribution from you as an individual to help cleanse your town.
These are the right way to do what I did. Not only have I cut off a scammer, but spared someone the problems of becoming a victim in Nigeria.
All in all, always be conscious and very careful with transactions online. While trying to contact your service provider using a social platform, ensure that there is a ‘verified’ stamp accompanying the profile. Although most companies are yet to be verified, avoid the account until verification is attached.
Don’t be discouraged by anyone while attempting to bring a scammer down in Nigeria no matter the amount of money in question. And trust the system, once a scammer is nabbed, you’ll regain every lost coin.