How Fraudsters Impersonating Nigerian Singer, Peter Okoye of P-Square, Scammed Me – Victim

A Nigerian woman simply identified as Kafilat has told how she nearly fell victim to Facebook scammers posing as Nigerian artist, Peter Okoye of P-Square in a lottery scheme he anchors, Zoom lifestyle.

Kafilat told SaharaReporters that she went along with the idea because of the musician’s notoriety and the subsequent video call to her WhatsApp number, which made it more believable.

She said that after receiving a video call in which Okoye’s face appeared, she received a message asking her to pay 5,000 naira into a bank account to receive more money. She did it. However, rather than that, she was asked to pay another 25,000 naira which made her realize she was dealing with a fraudster.

She explained: “What they do is they place a (sic) advertisement on Facebook pretending to be (sic) Peter Okoye that anyone who needs help can actually get money . So you must say hello on Whatsapp. After that, I just got a video call immediately telling me that I am talking to Peter Okoye live now, that he is ready to help many people because of the situation in the country. After that I got a message with three payment options.

“He said if I want N200,000, N500,000 and N1 million, I have to buy tickets for each category depending on which one I want. I lied to him saying that I had no money and since he is here to help me, why ask for more money? He said any amount like N5,000 I can bring. I paid immediately and he said I won 500,000 naira. I was so happy that he told me that his manager will call me that he is not in Nigeria now and he has no naira but the manager will sort this out and asked me to drop my account number.

“The next thing someone called me and told me I had to pay 25,000 naira, that’s when I knew it was a scam. I told them to no longer disturbing, but they started calling, texting that they (sic) were expecting me, that’s when I realized it was a scam.

“I have heard other people claiming that they parted ways with tuition in hopes of winning. The scam is still going on and people are falling victim to it.

Meanwhile, Peter Okoye had posted a warning on his official Instagram account on April 20, warning Nigerians not to fall victim to scammers. He said scammers used his previous videos/photos to trick unsuspecting people on social media.

He wrote: “My dear people! Especially those on Facebook!

“Look at some of the scammers you indirectly pour your hard earned money into the bank account they set up as PETER OKOYE, all in the name of ‘ZOOM GIVEAWAY’!

“More than 17 of them have been arrested and interrogated with all the evidence! They all confessed and were brought to justice! And since then, they admitted in court that there were still more than 100!

“That’s another story for another day!” Good Sunday. The date has since been corrected 2021 and not 2022 thank you!

“@zoomupyourlife is not on WhatsApp, all tickets are purchased directly from our website at and not by depositing money into an account. They still won’t hear!

“PLEASE NOTE: Zoomlifestyle is not an investment company or a giveaway platform, but a lottery company; we don’t have a manager, we don’t have an account number for payment or Mr. P and Zoomlifestyle is (sic) not on WhatsApp.

“All tickets are purchased directly from our website at and not by making payment to a personal account (not even a Peter Okoye account) @peterpsquare will no longer be calling winners via video calls due to increased rate of scammers using his previous videos/photos to trick people.

“Please don’t fall victim to online scammers; Zoomlifestyle will not be held responsible for any fraudulent transactions you have with fake social media accounts.

“For any inquiries, please contact us on our social media page @zoomupyourlife.”

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