By Spy Uganda
City businessman Rajiv Ruparelia, the Managing Director of Ruparelia Group of Companies, has warned all his business associates and the entire public about shameless Ugandans who have created fake accounts on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms with intent to commit fraudulent activities.
Rajiv’s warning came after he received several complaints from his colleagues and associates about conmen who are using his name to extort and defraud unsuspecting Ugandans of their hard-earned money by using his name.
The businessman, who is son of Kampala mogul Sudhir Ruparelia, issued the warning on his twitter platform and shared pictures of some of the fake accounts being run under his name with intent to con unsuspecting Ugandans, which he accompanied with the caption; “Please disregard these fake accounts that are extorting money.”
It should be noted that cyber-fraud has been consistently increasing in Uganda with the evention of Smartphones and other devices that can access internet.
Through this kind of fraud, conmen open up fake Social Media accounts in the names of prominent people, which they use to con millions of shillings from certain targeted individuals.
Recently the Federal Investigations Bureau (FBI) busted a cartel of Nigerians conmen who had hacked into Instagram and Twitter accounts of several renowned figures like Barrack Obama, Bill Gates, Michelle Obama and others which they used to solicit millions of dollars from across the globe.
Following the raid, Federal prosecutors indicted 80 people on charges connected to participation in online scams that raked in millions from unsuspecting victims in the United States and abroad.
The suspected fraudsters, many of whom are Nigerian nationals, prosecutors say, used online romance scams, schemes targeting elderly people and business email compromise (BEC) scams, in which legitimate companies are compromised to facilitate the illegal transfer of funds.
The FBI began investigating the operation in 2016, until authorities arrested 14 people across the United States — 11 in the Los Angeles area alone. Two people were already in custody, and many are believed to be abroad, primarily in Nigeria and Dubai, prosecutors said in their announcement.