Some Nigerians on social media have raised the alarm over the activity of a fraudster using the name of Pascal Chibuike Okechukwu, popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest to scam unsuspecting members of the public, SaharaReporters reports.
Okechukwu, also fondly referred to by fans as celebrity barman, is a former employee and associate of Obinna Iyiegbu widely known as Obi Cubana, who recently grabbed headlines for staging a lavish burial ceremony in honour of his late mother.
SaharaReporters gathered that the fraudster in question, who asks social media users interested in joining Cubana Chief Priest and other rich Nigerians in a special VIP group where outcomes of football matches are correctly predicted to pay between N50,000 to N135,000 as registration fee, is said to have caused many victims pains through his criminal activities.
A victim of this fraud, Ifeanyi Ben Moses, told SaharaReporters that he was defrauded of N50,000 by the con artist.
According to him, after paying the said amount and informing the fraudster of it, he never heard from the guy again.
He said he fell for the fraud after seeing Cubana Chief Priest share a post on his page urging those interested in winning sports bets to message a mobile number on WhatsApp.
All efforts to reach the scammer since that period have been futile, he added.
"The guy is using Chief Priest's name to scam people on social media. Many people have been falling for this scam without knowing it.
"He scammed me of N50,000, my hard-earned money. Something urgent should be done to stop this guy in order to save others from falling victim like I did," Moses said.
Labelled Cubana's VIP Subscription, victims of this scam are asked to pay into an Access Bank account:Chimezie Paul Mbah 1504160311, for various packages.
The fee for a one-day subscription is N50,000, one week N95,000 and N135,000 for one month, as revealed by posts seen on the social media platforms the fraudster scavenges for victims.
"I never knew the guy was fake, otherwise I would never have fallen for his scam. He has refused to respond to my messages or add me to any group as promised.
"I wonder how many others he would have scammed this way," another victim named Felix, said.
Conmen hiding under the shadow of popular Nigerians to defraud unsuspecting members of the public on social media have become a regular feature in recent times despite warnings to users not to fall for such.
Apart from luring victims with football match predictions, fraudsters also get persons in this category to part ways with their monies by dangling mouth-watering returns on investments in various business deals.