The Nigerian National Petroleum Company has raised the red flag on the actions of con males who specialise in circulating phantom letters of crude oil allocation with the intent of defrauding unsuspecting would-be buyers or members of the general public.
Talking at the presentation of commendation letters to 12 workers of the Crude Oil Advertising Division, COMD, of the Company in Abuja, the Group Managing Director of the Corporation, Maikanti Baru, said the activities of the worldwide fraudsters created an unnecessary distraction for employees of the COMD who were compelled to deal with huge turnover of rip-off mails on a regular basis.
He urged members of the general public to be wary of such dubious emails purporting to emanate from the Company with mouth-watering crude oil allocation affords.
Providing an perception into the activities of the nefarious group, the Group Basic Manager in charge of the Crude Oil Advertising and marketing Division of the Corporation, Mele Kyari, mentioned the scammers function by sending pretend crude oil allocation letters using names of senior NNPC officials as decoy and requesting the gullible individuals to pay sure money deposits as commission on quantity of crude obtained.
“The gullible individuals find yourself paying huge sums of dollars into these accounts as fee however the reality is that nobody allocates crude oil on a chunk of paper the way in which the scammers canvass in their dubious letters. The whole lot about crude sale is electronic and real time. When you’ve got your cargo the entire world knows,” Mr. Kyari stated.
To deal with the challenge, the COMD has made available the email contacts of its high officials thus permitting members of the general public entry to confirm such emails.
In comparable vein, the division has embarked on the automation of the Direct-Sale -Direct-Buy (DSDP) crude oil for product exchange scheme to make sure transparency of the process.
In accordance with Mr. Kyari, the idea is to ensure an end-to-finish access to the DSDP programme online for relevant stakeholders to monitor the method from the purpose of crude oil allocation to conversion, return of products to the nation and distribution by the Nigerian Merchandise Advertising and marketing Firm (NPMC) to the last word transfer of the Naira cash into the Federation Account.