Several fraudsters have used the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown and pandemic as an opportunity to con unsuspecting Ugandans of their hard-earned money.
A number of Ugandans have fallen prey to these fraudsters, who purport to be working for certain companies like banks, telecoms, manufacturers, government agencies like Umeme, NWSC, etc under whose auspices they defraud unsuspecting Ugandans.
The latest company to be hit by these fraudsters is Total Uganda, which the conmen are using to defraud Ugandans by deceiving them that they have won COVID-19 goodies, yet their intention is to get details from these unsuspecting Ugandans which the criminals in turn use to harm or defraud them.
An official from Total Uganda who preferred anonymity because he is not authorized to speak on behalf of the company told this website that;
“The conmen call unsuspecting people on phone, telling them that they have won things like free fuel, gas cylinders, money, etc. from Total Uganda. They then ask for details from the purported winners like a place of residence, work address, account details, etc., which the thugs later use to either con their victims or withdraw money from their accounts without authorization.”
The source added that Total Uganda observed this criminal trend after receiving complaints from several people, who accused the company staff of conning them through the said fraudulent scheme.
We have learned that the management of Total Uganda has since sent out alerts both in print and social media warning all Ugandans about these fraudsters and imploring all its clients to watch out for this new wave of crime so as to avoid losing their hard-earned money to these criminals.
The warning read as follows: