Fraud: Police arrest Wizkid, Banky W impersonator
by Lucas Togan
Hip-hop superstar, Wizkid has spoken out against impersonation by fraudsters. The hit-maker, bugged by increasing complaints and reported incidents says he is worried, and beyond scandalised, that some bandits would go to any length to perpetrate evil acts and defraud innocent fans and customers.
Speaking in Lagos in reaction to the discoveries and arrests, he said, “It’s unfair that fraudsters will take advantage of unsuspecting victims.”
“The culprit has been apprehended and all is being done to make sure such incidents don’t reoccur,” Wizkid added.
An EME impostor is currently in police custody. He was handed over to the police by his latest victim – Muyiwa.
Muyiwa also known as ‘Origin’ started transactions with the impostor, only to discover he was being duped and quickly handed him over to the police.
Meanwhile, EME Chairman, Banky W who has himself been a victim of impersonation, says the label is putting all structures in place, while working with relevant authorities to make sure the trend is put to a stop.
Fake names, phone numbers and bank accounts have been set up to carry out such fraudulent activities. Some of the fake accounts these impostors use include “Bankole Wellington Banky W” on Facebook, Bankyw82@yahoo.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Impersonating artists and record labels is apparently the new 419. This is not a unique problem to EME or its acts, but a serious challenge to most major labels/artists as well as the fans and event organizers,” Banky says.
“It saddens us to know that crooks still try to take advantage of our fans and supporters but we are doing all we can to put the right info out and we hope that everyone takes note, so as not to fall into their traps,” he adds.
The label says the police will still apprehend more fraudsters.