IN SHORT: Some Facebook posts are promoting an investment platform known as Omega Pro, claiming it can double your money in 45 minutes. Africa Check found it to be similar to platforms we’ve previously exposed as scams.
“Good day my fellow friends I will like to introduce you all to a new paying platform which I joined A friend of mine introduce me to the platform here And I paid 100k and I was credited with 200k within 45minutes … It is called OMEGAPRO INVESTMENT PLATFORM,” reads an 11 October 2023 post on Facebook.
The post asks interested users to contact “admin” via the WhatsApp link attached.
But is the investment platform legit? We checked.
Signs of a scam
We contacted the “admin” through the WhatsApp link provided and were assured that we would be credited with double our investment “in less than 45 minutes to an hour”. We said we were interested in investing N50,000.
To register, we were asked to provide our bank name, account number, mobile phone number and method of payment.
Despite submitting false information, we received a message saying: “Congratulations your registration was successful now.”
We were then provided with the bank details of “Bassey Junior” to make the deposit.
Nigeria's anti-corruption agency has previously warned the public not to invest in platforms that promise large returns in no time. Such businesses often end up being unable to pay every investor the promised returns.
The “admin” also used words like “quickly” and “now” several times, as if we were being rushed into investing. This made us suspect that if we made the payment, they would stop responding to our messages and disappear with our money.
Additionally, a search on Nigeria's business register brought up an inactive company named “Omega-Pro Global Investment Company”, but not “Omega Pro Investment”. An unregistered company is another red flag that a social media post is a scam.
The poorly written post is also a sign that the platform cannot be trusted, as we would expect legitimate businesses to publish well-written content.
To help protect yourself against online scams, read our guide to Facebook scams and how to spot them.
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