Abayomi: How I Was Scammed By One "Obisike Promise Anele" who claimed to Be A DHL official in Abuja


Thank you naijacynth for this, I felt very stupid to have been a victim of this petty scam. 

Please beware of this name "OBISIKE PROMISE ANELE" who claimed to be one of the DHL official here in Abuja.

I was expecting a parcel from a friend in Ireland, going by the information on the waybill I have, the expected parcel is currently in the country. I waited for days, nothing from DHL.

So I had to google "DHL Office in Abuja, about 5 different locations, details and working hours came up.
I tried all the phone numbers allotted to each of the office none of them was working, However, one of the numbers "0814 389 8456" which happens to be on the 4th office went through, and a guy picked it up and sounded like a DHL customer service.

I explained to him and he immediately requested for my email, the tracking number that he will get back to me shortly.
Not too long after that, he called back that my parcel is in their head office here in Abuja that I was meant to pay the sum of (N10,600) for custom duty and all..

At first, I was like custom duty.? he said yes that they will send me an sms shortly with the details on how to make payment and all that.
When I received the SMS, it was from this number "08114320247" stating 

"THANK YOU FOR USING DHL COURIER SERVICE. ORDER ACCEPTED!! ORDER NO: #3426****** OFFICER IN CHARGE
A/C NAME: OBISIKE PROMISE ANELE
A/C NO: 3102213071
BANK NAME: FIRST BANK.
AUTHORIZATION FEE : 10,600

I was very sceptical receiving this, I called the guy back immediately that why would i pay into a personal account not an Official DHL account, he said they are currently having issues with their corporate account hence payment will be designated to each officer in charge of a particular parcel. Immediately, I suspected a foulpay.... and I insisted that I will rather come to the office make payment and pick up my parcel.

But the office address he gave me was very far from where I was staying, so I told him I will make the payment.
I did the transfer, called him to confirm my payment. After that, I received an SMS stating the confirmation of my payment that a dispatch rider details will be send to me shortly.

Waited for hours nothing from this guy, I picked up my phone to call him again, the guy didn't pick my calls, later divert the phone line to a wrong number...it was then I realized I have just been scammed.

I accept the fact of being so stupid to have fall for this cheap scam. If I had followed my instinct i wouldn't have been messed up this way.

I log on to DHL website, track the location of their head office here in Abuja called and explained what happened, the lady that picked the phone said they were fully aware of this scammers that they are currently working very hard to catch up with them.

I need to quickly put this up here, for people to be aware of this act.

LESSON LEARNT
1. Don't believe in most of the information displayed on google business and map, confirm first from their official website.

2. Anything that has to do with a corporate entity, under no circumstances should you make payment to an individual or a personal account.

3. DHL will never ask you for a custom fee, without any verified information on your waybill.

THE SCAMMER DETAILS
A/C NAME: OBISIKE PROMISE ANELE
A/C NO: 3102213071
BANK NAME: FIRST BANK.
PHONE NO: 0814 389 8456, 08114320247

Mr Abayomi is a web developer.

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