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Haiti: BBC traces scam computer to Nigeria

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Criminal gangs have defrauded people out of funds intended for Haiti earthquake victims by setting up bogus charities and seeking contributions online, according to a British Broadcasting Corporation investigation published on Tuesday.

Scam emails began appearing online within days of the January 12 earthquake, including some with logos for genuine charities. One for the British Red Cross was traced to a computer in Nigeria, the BBC reported.

Another group, calling itself the M E Foundation, emailed the BBC photos of Haiti projects it said it was involved with, but which turned out to be those of disaster relief activities from the 2005 Pakistan earthquake.

British charity, SOS Children, said the photos were cut and pasted from their website.

“The problem is it’s not just about exploiting a donor or a charity, really they’re exploiting the victims.

“They’re taking money people want to give to the victims of these natural disasters and they’re stealing it. So, I don’t feel that they’re robbing me; I feel that they’re taking from the mouths of children we’re trying to help and that is something which is very difficult not to get angry about,” the charity’s boss, Andrew Cates, said.

Another scam email was sent by a charity calling itself Help the World. When the BBC called the mobile number it gave, its reporter was told it focused on repairing schools.
SOURCE: punchng.com

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14 Comments

  1. Mobolaji akinbola

    February 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Are our images not tarnished enough in this country?
    Mobolaji AKINBOLA,FUTA,NIGERIA

  2. nonny

    February 17, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I think nigerians are chewing more than they can chew. i actually thought about the possibility of fraudstars taking money from haiti but i never thought it would come from nigeria. if only they put such skills in something more productive. we are better than this

  3. Hashim

    February 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    What are Nigerians turning into! Must they steal the meals of orphans. I think the goverment should do something about the economic situation of the country. Poverty is leading the citizens into something else

  4. Fatima

    February 18, 2010 at 10:48 am

    It is so unfortunate that this is what we do best. A very few have damaged the image of a whole lot. May God guide us.

  5. Ebuka2x

    February 18, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    This’s gettin outta hand. Dats a big shit to go dis far huh.

  6. dare

    February 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    God help Nigerian

  7. john micheal

    February 19, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    Nigerian govt. should be blame for such an evil act ,for the citizens to steal what
    belong to orphans. they should be blamed because of our economy are not well
    mismanaged

  8. john micheal

    February 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Nigerian govt. should be blame for such an evil act ,for the citizens to steal what
    belong to orphans. they should be blamed because of our economy are not well
    managed

  9. Ezema Ernest Onyeka

    February 20, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Nigerians!!! Cant we help our self? if this continue to happen, God on his own will continue to punish us. Nigerian Youths please lets forget the pass and rebuild Nigeria. Scam will not help us, let us focus on the future. Nigerian Government plz HELP and Empower the youths on the score aspect of life…

  10. Muhammad sani

    February 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Both the people and the leaders are to be blame b/c after graduation govt did not care to create job for the people and the people did not want to creat good things with there knowledge for the development of the country both the govt and the people like cheting

  11. Nelson Didam

    February 22, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Please Nigerians try to be considerate.Has da pictures of those poor suffering victims not hunted u enough?

  12. Okere Chimbueze

    February 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    When the gov’t refuse to provide Basic needs of the masses,then definetly peoples will conform to social vices in the society,thereby becomin nuisance.

  13. WANDE

    February 22, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    WE THANK GOD ALMIGHTY THAT NIGERIA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY WHERE SCAM COMPUTER WOULD BE TRACED BUT NOT IN ANOTHER COUNTRY! YOU PEOPLE WHOSE ACTIVITIES IS CENTERED AT TARNISHING THE IMAGE OF NIGERIA GOD ALMIGHTY THAT IS USING NIGERIA TO DO GOOD THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE TODAY WILL SOON REWARD ALL OF YOU ON INDIVIDUAL BASIS .AS YOU ARE TARNISHING NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS IMAGE SO ALSO GOD ALMIGHTY WILL REWARD ALL OF YOU IN PERSON . UPON THE WORST THINGS MOST OF YOU ARE DOING , NONE OF YOU HAVE SEEN ANYTHING BAD IN YOUR WICKEDNESS , EVEN IF NIGERIANS ARE NOT SAYING ANYTHING DO YOU PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE NOT SEEING YOUR DIABOLICAL WAYS OF DOING THINGS OH WICKED PEOPLE WITH A WICKED IDEAS.I THINK NIGERIANS AND SOME EMINENT PEOPLE IN OTHER PART OF THE WORLD WILL LIKE THOSE WHOSE ACTIVITY IS TO WRITE DIABOLICAL THINGS ABOUT NIGERIA TO HAVE A SECOND THOUGHTS. NIGERIANS WILL NOT LIKE TO SEE THEIR NAMES SOILED BY ANY INDIVIDUALS OR GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS .THERE ARE SOME KNOWLEDGEABLE THINGS TO DISCUSS AND WRITE ABOUT NIGERIA..LOVERS OF NIGERIA WILL NOT LIKE TO SEE NIGERIA NAME SOILED BY ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS ANY WHERE. NIGERIANS ARE NOT FOUND WANTING IN SHOWING LOVE AT ALL LEVEL, NIGERIA WANT LOVE AND NOT HATRED PLEASE TAKE NOTE !

  14. WANDE

    February 22, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    WE THANK GOD ALMIGHTY THAT NIGERIA IS THE ONLY COUNTRY WHERE SCAM COMPUTER WOULD BE TRACED BUT NOT IN ANOTHER COUNTRY! YOU PEOPLE WHOSE ACTIVITIES ARE CENTERED AT TARNISHING THE IMAGE OF NIGERIA GOD ALMIGHTY THAT IS USING NIGERIA TO DO GOOD THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE TODAY WILL SOON REWARD ALL OF YOU ON INDIVIDUAL BASIS .AS YOU ARE TARNISHING NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS IMAGE SO ALSO GOD ALMIGHTY WILL REWARD ALL OF YOU IN PERSON . UPON THE WORST THINGS MOST OF YOU ARE DOING THAT ARE KNOWN TO US, NONE OF YOU HAVE SEEN ANYTHING BAD IN YOUR WICKEDNESS , EVEN IF NIGERIANS ARE NOT SAYING ANYTHING DO YOU PEOPLE THINK THEY ARE NOT SEEING YOUR DIABOLICAL WAYS OF DOING THINGS OH WICKED PEOPLE WITH A WICKED IDEAS!.I THINK NIGERIANS AND SOME EMINENT PEOPLE IN OTHER PART OF THE WORLD WILL LIKE THOSE WHOSE ACTIVITY IS TO WRITE DIABOLICAL THINGS ABOUT NIGERIA TO HAVE A SECOND THOUGHT. NIGERIANS WILL NOT LIKE TO SEE THEIR NAMES SOILED BY ANY INDIVIDUALS OR GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS .THERE ARE SOME KNOWLEDGEABLE THINGS TO DISCUSS AND WRITE ABOUT NIGERIA..LOVERS OF NIGERIA WILL NOT LIKE TO SEE NIGERIA NAME SOILED BY ANY PERSON OR GROUP OF PERSONS ANY WHERE. NIGERIANS ARE NOT FOUND WANTING IN SHOWING LOVE AT ALL LEVEL, NIGERIA WANT LOVE AND NOT HATRED PLEASE TAKE NOTE !

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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