My mum received a call this morning while lying on her sick bed, it was someone who claimed to be an FRSC official.
He claimed that there was someone involved in a ghastly motor accident whom she (my mum) knew and that she should call backâ€¦i was already all set for work so i decided to call the number.
When i did, the â€œFRSCâ€ man asked where i was and i told him i was in Abuja.
He then said that there was a ghastly motor accident which occurred along the Lokoja/Abuja road and a woman whom we supposedly know was involved.
He said he got my mumâ€™s number from the womanâ€™s phone and that though she is alive, she is in a very critical condition.
According to him, the 3 people sitting down beside her died on the spot and the woman needed urgent medical attention.
He further inquired if i knew any Red Cross number and i said no.
I told him to simply use the womanâ€™s number to call me so that i would be able to ascertain her identity by tallying it with the contacts on my mumâ€™s phone or mine so we could know if she was a close relative but he responded by saying that there was no credit in the womanâ€™s phone and that he tried the â€œCall Me Backâ€ method which did not work.
He finally broke the camelâ€™s back by saying i should send MTN Recharge Card of about N400 to him so he could load the phone and call me back with it.
I told him that i would send him just N100 but he insisted it must be N400 or at least N200.
That was when it dawned on me.
I was so upset cos my mum is a High BP and Diabetic patient which culminated to a stroke months back and was still recovering in my house only for them to spring this up on her.
I managed to calm both her and my younger sister down by telling them it was a prank call from a scammer and related my reasons to them.
If you are reading this and got a similar call, please share your experience and for those who have not, be waryâ€¦IT IS A CHEAP SCAM!