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An Open Letter by a youth activist to #ScamArtist #AtaIkiddeh, Former SA on Project Monitoring to then Governor Of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Obot Akpabio.

6 Oct

 

Dear Sir,

It is after keen observation of your recent activities on social media particularly Facebook, against the government of Udom Emmanuel, that I, have decided to write you this letter. May I state here, that my letter to you, is in no way politically motivated neither is it sponsored by any political group, individual or party.Image may contain: 1 person, eyeglasses and text

I have followed you closely from 2013 when I first saw you in the Little Play House of Theatre Art, University of Uyo. Mr. Sunday Umanah introduced you to us as the S.A on Project Monitoring to the Governor, during rehearsals to stage the novel “He Dared: the story of Okuku Udo Akpabio”. Since then, I fell in love with your intellectual capacity and developed an interest in knowing you more.

The first negative impression you left in my mind, came just a few weeks after I started following you on Facebook. If you can remember some years back in one of your posts, during your boss’ Godswill Akpabio’s administration as the governor of Akwa Ibom State, in which you were exalting Akpabio to high heavens, I had commented and said thus “Mr. Ata Ikkideh Sir, you celebrate evil simply because evil puts food on your table”. Today, your recent activities against the government of Udom Emmanuel, has reminded me of the truism of those words I wrote some years back.

I have read many of your articles against the governor and the ones for the MD of NDDC but your videos yesterday, gave me a reason to write to you and sorry I have adopted the open medium.Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, hat, eyeglasses and beard

Sir, I must say that I felt truly disappointed after I watched your two videos yesterday and what I saw, was a direct opposite of your great father Prof. Ikkideh who is in the great beyond. Your father left behind great legacies which you can, but have refused to beat those legacies. It pains me, that a man like you whom I looked up to, has so given me reasons not to anymore.

When I showed your videos to a wise old man who properly knew your father, he apostrophically had this to say, “Your father, Prof. Ikiddeh, the first Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Uyo, a ranking academic who wrote the introduction to one of Ngugi Wa Thiongo’s literature, WEEP NOT CHILD, was a great man who is probably weeping over you in the great beyond. The great man, your father, laboured so hard to give you the very best in life, ensuring that you went to the best of schools and traveled the whole world but all you’ve got to show for such investments are your selfish activities on Facebook”.

What have you achieved as a lawyer Mr. Barrister Sir? Why have you not come back to Nigeria to practice, at least, to use your wealth of experiences to help us out of some of contending judicial issues? You served as SA on Project Monitoring in the most corrupt government Akwa Ibom has ever witnessed, the government of Godswill Akpabio. With all the atrocities, that that government committed, you never for once, pointed out anything bad in that government even till today.

Why Sir, have you allowed gain, to be your driving force? Why can’t you be selfless even as other activists or patriots are truly selfless in the pursuit for a better nation? You started the Nigerian Ethnical Society (NES), an organization I thought was meant indeed, for men with ideals though it suddenly went into extinction. When I heard of NES, I had perceived you to be, a man with integrity but your continuous praises for Godswill Akpabio, a man I have always believed to be fundamentally corrupt gave me double thoughts about you.Image may contain: 1 person, standing and beard

I know, your celebration of Senator Godswill Akpabio no matter what he does, is born out of the fact that Akpabio was your classmate and that he accommodated you in his government. Your constant and unending criticisms of Udom Emmanuel’s administration is born not only from the fact that, Udom Emmanuel has not accommodated you in his government but also, from the fact that, your proposal, said to have been perked to over 50million naira to Gov. Udom Emmanuel was rejected and not approved.

So, I ask, should activism be driven by greed and selfishness? Should we get angry over the policies of government because that government, has not satisfied our own personal interests and not the collective interests of the people? Where these are ‘yes’, then I am afraid, this is no longer activism, it is an outcry to gain relevance. Sir, I must submit without fear or favour, that you have deliberately failed to live up the true meanings of the word “patriot”, which you claimed to be in one of your videos.

What I saw in those videos was hypocrisy inspired by an attempt to win Nsima Ekere’s attention while also pleasing your boss and classmate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio to book a place for you in case Nsima becomes Governor. Or could I believe it was a paid video? If yes, regrettably shameful from a man of your own social and political standard. There was no element of love for the Akwa Ibom State and Akwa Ibomites.

Sir, I challenge you today, to put yourself in the dock, and allow your conscience to sit in judgement over you as the following questions echo through your hears,

Am I agitating against Governor Udom Emmanuel because I care about the state or because I care about my house?

Am I castigating Udom Emmanuel because of my love for the people or because of my love for my family?

Am I standing up for the suffering and hungry people of the state or for my pocket to be salted?

Am I agitating for Nsima Ekere to be Governor because I want him to bring about some change or because I want him to bring me some “change’?

Allow your conscience to pronounce the judgement and see, if it will acquit you and set you free.

I must apologize for my tone in this letter because I couldn’t know any diplomatic way of expressing my anger after I watched your videos and I do not subscribe to the idea of political correctness. For those who would perceive me as being insulting, sorry, editan akpaniko, nkereke ke ado usung enyin ooo.

Your Very Little Friend in the Struggle

Dan Ok.

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Beware of the mystery shopper scam

22 Jun

#GFK #Secret #Shopper

The mystery shopper scam has been stealing money from unsuspecting victims for years.

It begins when you answer an advertisement or an email to become a “mystery shopper” —  someone hired by a company to shop at a certain store and then report on the experience for quality control purposes

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The tipoff that these solicitations are scams can be immediate and obvious. Consider this copy of an email for a mystery shopper scam that I recently received, with its glaring grammatical errors and missing words:

“Hello, We are a company engaged in the mystery shopper field.
We need a team filled some people with age, residence location, experience and other different.

“Description;

“You will be assigned to visit the shop, store, bank, etc
You have to pretend to be normal potential customers who’re looking for a specific product/service
You will then complete questionnaires online to share with us your customer’s experience
Get $350/assignment, at least 2 assignments/week will be assigned.

“Requirements;

“18 years old or above
Can read and write English
Can speak the local language well”

And the registration part,

“Registration;

“If you are interested reply this email fill out the information below to get started:”

. . . Which asks for name, address, etc., . . .

“So we can look at your distance from the locations which you have to put your service, and your address would also be the need for your payments.”

The bottom of the email identified a copyright date of 2005-2017 for the “Agent Center for Mystery or secret Shoppers.”

One reason this type of scam works so well is that there are real mystery shopper jobs. But keep in mind that so many people are interested in this work that the real mystery shopper companies have no need to advertise to hire people. So, they do not send out unsolicited emails such as the one above.

Once a victim takes the bait, they are sent what may appear to be a certified check. The victim is instructed to deposit it into his or her bank account and use the money to make the assigned purchases.  The check is for more than the amount the mystery shopper is instructed to spend.

The victim is told to keep a specified amount as payment and wire back the remaining funds.  It is only after the money has been wired from the victim’s own bank account that the victim learns that the check was counterfeit and has bounced. Of course, the funds wired from the victim’s bank account to the scammer are gone forever without any effective recourse.

This problem is made worse because banks give provisional credit to deposited checks after a few days so it could appear at first glance that the check has cleared and the funds are fully available.   But provisional credit can be rescinded once a check bounces.   It can take weeks for a check to fully clear and the funds actually be transferred into the account of the person receiving the check.

Many victims of the mystery shopper scam have thought they were prudent because they waited a few days to confirm (or so they thought) that the check was legitimate. Only later do they find out they only had received provisional credit for a check that was in the end no good.

The sending of a check for more than is actually owed and requesting the remainder be wired back is the basis of many scams. These include the sale of products in response to online advertisements placed by legitimate sellers who are scammed into sending their own money to scammers pretending to purchase their items for sale.

Another variation of the mystery shopper scam involves thieves that solicit payments for information about becoming a mystery shopper or offering a certification program or registration program for which you have to pay.

MSPA Americas, which was formerly known as the Mystery Shopping Providers Association of North America, is a trade organization made up of legitimate mystery shopping companies.  Scammers will often send emails or make telephone calls posing as either MSPA Americas or one of its member companies.  But of course neither the MSPA Americas nor any of its member companies will ever ask you to deposit checks and wire excess funds to them.

So how do you recognize and avoid this scam?

1.  Simply ignore emails or advertisements for mystery shopper jobs.  They are scams.
2.  Research online particular mystery shopping companies you may want to consider contacting to make sure they are legitimate.
3.  Don’t pay a fee to get a list of mystery shopping opportunities.
4.  Don’t pay to become certified as a mystery shopper.
5.  Always be skeptical when you are asked to wire money in any business transaction.  Unlike credit card payments where you can get fraudulent payments erased or sending a check that you can stop payment on, wired funds are irretrievable from the moment they are sent.

And the most important tip of all:

6.  Never deposit a check for more than you are owed and wire money back to the person sending you the check, and never consider a payment you receive by check as being in your account until it has fully cleared.

Steve Weisman, an expert in preventing cyberscams and identity theft, is a lawyer and professor at Bentley University. He writes the blogscamicide.com, where he provides daily updated information about the latest scams. His new book is Identity Theft AlertSecret shopper 2Secret shopper 3Secret shopper 4

#FAKEJOBS, #FAKECHECK: SCAMMERS ON THE LOOSE

22 Jun

#Share before reading!  #GFK #Secret #Shopper

This is a new trend of which fraudsters claim to give you job to work at home.

They will send you a check and pressurize you to cash it and buy a gift card and send to them. They ask you to keep about $350 as commision.
After cashing the check and withdraw it, the bank will tell you the check was a fake and bank will withdraw money from your account and you will be penalized for that.
Another method these scammers use is to hide under the faces of politicians, ie use politicians name on Facebook, to chat with you and gain your confidence. Then they will ask you to buy a something for them, like a house, computer, phones, etc.
They have already defrauded hundreds of people using companies like GfK – Secret Shopper and others.
Don’t accept advance check or collect a check to buy any product.
Ask to chat with them on Whatsapp-video, Facebook-video or Skype. They will run.
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