Police warn about fraudulent vehicle auction schemes, impersonators

By John Odunjo

The Nigeria Police Force has raised an alarm over recent surge in deceptive vehicle auction scams and impersonation of senior officers to dupe unsuspecting Nigerians.

The police said “Citizens have reported incidents where individuals, falsely posing as representatives of the police authority, have sought financial contributions under the guise of imminent vehicle auctions and favours, including contracts from the NPF”.

The law enforcement agency, in a Public Advisory by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said, “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 is, therefore, 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 pressforabuja@police.gov.ng, @PoliceNG on social media platforms. By remaining vigilant and consulting verified sources, the public can thwart potential scams and protect their financial well-being.

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