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Saturday, 3 November 2018

When The Scammer Tries To Outsmart You


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Scammers, a.k.a 419ers, have upgraded. With the improvement in technology and social media, they have devised several strategies to dupe unsuspecting victims. It is at times like this that you need to ‘shine your eyes,’ lest you fall prey.
I’m not sure how scammers get the personal information of their victims, but they somehow always have the data. Recently, I received some annoying messages asking me to call certain numbers or give away certain information. My first instinct was to cover the sender with insults. Another move, if I had the time, would have been to bless them and preach the gospel. After all, they needed a change of lifestyle.
On this fateful day, an incoming call came in from someone not on my contact list. I actually thought it was a business associate. Since the environment was too noisy, I told the caller that I would return the call.
As I promised, I called back when I got to a noise-free environment. After a brief introduction that left me puzzled, the caller told me the purpose of the phone call. It was obviously a middle-aged man. I could tell from his voice. I decided to play along, play Ms. Nice.
It was with an intense irritation that I found out that it was a scammer. How he knew my name is what I still don’t know.
So what did he actually say?
He wanted me to serve as an acquaintance to lodge in a hotel where I would meet with another ‘business partner’ to ‘seal a deal.’ They had arranged that I get a certain percentage from the supposed business meeting. However, two things were involved:
I had to provide my bank details and I needed to be available to accompany them to the business meeting.
Who was I meeting with? No concrete explanation. How did you get my number? Still no valid response. And the man wanted me to just jump on his offer. Did I mention that he tried to lure me with a mouth-watering commission? Looking at my current account balance, I might as well forgotten my home training and given in. Thank God greed didn’t get the better part of me.
Come to think of it, I would not have granted the caller audience if he didn’t call back. As soon as I suspected foul play, I ended the call, but he remained adamant and called back. After allowing him to make a fool of himself for like close to 20-25 minutes, I politely turned down the offer and moved on with my daily activities.
That is just one of the many cases. How about Facebook friend requests? How someone with whom you don’t share mutual friends finds you and sends a request is quite surprising. The painful ones are the ones who start begging for money. I almost fell for those scammers. This time around it was not from an unknown person. It was from a schoolmate whose account got hacked. I was happy to receive a message from Tina. It had been long since we last saw or spoke to it each other. Our last meeting was during graduation. We lost contact during the compulsory National Youth Service Scheme. Thank God for Facebook, we reconnected and stayed updated with each other.
For a while, she went mute. Out of blue, she resurfaced. When my phone beeped, it was a message from Tina. I was so excited to hear from her. After we exchanged pleasantries via chat. Boom! She landed. She said that she was in need of a certain amount of money. According to her, she needed the money to send to a niece. She added that she was having difficulty sending money because of network issues on her mobile banking app.
I almost fell for that scam. I almost wanted to send the money; she promised to refund the next day. But something held me back. My instincts told me that it was possible I was being played. I turned her down politely. The next day, I got a message from Tina that it was a scam. She disclosed that her account had been hacked and it had been dormant for quite some time. No wonder she had been mute on social media. She left me wondering what I would have done if I sent the money requested. Imagine the pain of being duped. Thank goodness!
Have you been scammed before? How can you identify a scammer?

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

11 Types of people you find in libraries



Who says the library is only for the 'Efikos' aka Nerds? It is 'home' to different set of people. Do you know that there are basically different sets of people you find in the library on different missions?

 During examination period, the library is usually flooded with students and getting a seat could be quite difficult. This is not the case on normal days.


While some libraries are nothing to write home about, others are up to standard and world class. Besides being a building for reading, research and getting information, the library might just be another haven to get away from all the noise particularly if your roommates are the noisy type.


In a typical library, here are the types of students you are likely to find below:

1.Those who are there to keep space
Their books are kept to maintain their spaces. These students would never use to library yet they would keep space. It is either they are going for class or somewhere else. Instead of allowing someone else who is very much around in the library to use it, they would use their books and materials to deceive people that they are coming back.


2.Exam freaks
It is only during examination period that these set of people remember that they have library cards. They would be the first to resume with the library workers and the last to close with them.


3.The Sleepers
These set of people cannot 'come and kill themselves' because of school work. Just a book and they are off to dream land. The good thing about this set of people is that they leave the library like every other student feeling that they have read enough and made good use of their time.


4. The phone chargers
They are always with extensions and their phone/laptop chargers. Since most times, electricity supply is usually constant in the library, these set of people see as a good opportunity to boost the battery lives of their 'dying' devices.


5. 'I was here' inscriptors
They mostly belong to the final year students who about to graduate. In other to make their presence felt, they would write their names on the library walls, seats and desk just to show they were there indeed.


6. Food smugglers
There are rules in the libraries and one of them is not to smuggle food to eat there. These set of people, probably foodies, would hide sweets, biscuits, chewing gum, groundnuts, chocolates and the likes to eat in the library. On sighting any library official, they hide their faces less they are caught eating and sent out.


7.Attention seekers
Slay mamas, Pepper dem gang, beard gang and every other fashion conscious individual fall into this category. You might be forced to turn your eye from your book to look at them. If you are very disciplined and don't want to be distracted, their perfume might hit you and you would have no option but to look up.


8. The Oppressors
They always have the latest edition of books and materials. They also oppress with the latest gadgets and laptop. They are solely in th library for the competition. If you don't know why you can to the library, you might end up comparing yourselves to them.



9. Those there for the freebies
They also recognise opportunities and make the best us to of it. Is it free newspaper? Or the encyclopaedias? Or free browsing sections? Not forgetting WiFi? Yes, for Internet connection to download all the necessary and unnecessary.


10. Rule breakers
The library is meant to be as quiet as a graveyard, phone calls and other form of noisy activities are prohibited. However, these set of people would still be caught making phone calls and gisting, imagine!


11. Those that never go to library 
They have never set their legs into the library yet you wonder how they stil manage to get straight As. These are the same people that say they have not read and the gullible ones believe them and tag along not knowing they burn the midnight oil soaked in their books!

Having said this, which one are/were the you? Or which one did I leave out?