A resident of Delta State has cried out that some online loan companies allegedly sent death messages to his phone and threatened to declare him wanted as a fraudster if he failed to repay them.
The victim, who pleaded anonymity because of the threats he had received, said the loan companies also allegedly contacted his family members telling them he was a swindler, who had escaped with their money.
The man, a salary earner in Delta State, told SaharaReporters on Sunday that he borrowed money from the virtual financial institutions when his salary delayed.
He said, “What actually happened was that my bank account was hacked. You know all these online loans apps, you have to submit your details and Bank Verification Number (BVN) to them. I just saw that money disappeared on my account and confronted them about what happened.
“They didn’t respond. I also informed my bank. It happened last month, July. I couldn’t pay them. I defaulted. I sent them a mail. I told them about my conditions, but they just didn’t act or care. They started sending messages to all my contacts that I scammed them. I was shocked when my mother called me from the village. Then, I was just seeing different debit alerts coming in from them.”
He disclosed to SaharaReporters that the companies started deducting his money without him seeing debit alerts until he consulted his bank officials who traced them.
“I'm to pay Fast Money N21,000 plus while Sokoloan is N19,000. The amount had to increase due to my inability to pay back as at when due. They added penalty charges, yet they still disgraced me for the money I will still pay,” he added.
“Upon that, they were threatening me that I will die a sorrowful death. They said they would declare me wanted by the police and all sorts of defamatory messages. Even, they go spiritual by sending curses and abuses in the names of gods and jazz,” he lamented.
“These are some of the messages I received from them, “IF WE FAIL TO GET OUR MONEY BACK NOW VIA APP/TRANSFER, AJAGUWA WILL CONTINUE TO CURSE YOU, YOUR FAMILY AND CONTACTS VIA CALLING, SMS AND WHATSAPP EVERY NOW...
“IN ORDER TO TAKE YOUR MESS FURTHER AND MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE MISERABLE, WE WILL BE GOING DEEPER USING YAGUNGUN TO CALL AND CURSE YOUR FAMILY AND CONTACTS BY 12NOON...
“BELOW IS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY (DOGS) LUNCH
“WHEREVER YOU MAY BE NOW YOU AND YOUR FAMILY SHALL DIE A MISERABLE/SORROWFUL DEATH WITH YOUR HANDS AND LEGS BROKEN...laisaisa iku ebaiba...”
When SaharaReporters called a number belonging to one of the loan companies, it was switched off.