Rugged woman uses fake prophecies to swindle bank customer’s money

One Biola Simon, from Ibadan, Oyo State, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly defrauding bank customers after giving them fake prophecies in the Dopemu area. She was arrested after one of her victims reported her to the police, Punchng reports.

One Biola Simon, from Ibadan, Oyo State, has been arrested by the police in Lagos State for allegedly defrauding bank customers after giving them fake prophecies in the Dopemu area. She was arrested after one of her victims reported her to the police, Punchng reports.

A sum of N150,000, which the woman had allegedly swindled out from her victim, was recovered by the policemen after the arrest. Her accomplices, however, fled. Simon belonged to a 4-member syndicate that specialised in defrauding unsuspecting bank customers in the area through fake prophecies.  

In her statement, she confessed that the syndicate’s mode of operation was to lurk around bank premises, while her role was to accost a bank customer suspected to be with money. She would pretend that she was new in Lagos and asked for direction from the victim.

Simon would subsequently make shocking spiritual revelations about her victim, after which she would advise that a special prayer must be offered for the victim. The next move was to take the victim to a nearby place where the three other accomplices were waiting and they would replace the money withdrawn by the victim with disposable papers, covered with a few naira notes.

A witness, Rafiu Jimoh, said, “The woman dressed responsibly, but she usually begged targeted customers coming out of the bank to direct her to an address. She is believed to use magical powers, as she will thereafter start giving revelations about her victim, luring the person to go for prayers with her. 

While the purported prayer is going on by the syndicate, the contents of the victim’s bag or purse will be replaced with papers covered with a few real notes. They will thereafter disappear with the money.”

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