There are many sweet deals on the internet, but it takes discerning eyes to know which one is real and which one is fake.
Just before the coronavirus lockdown, Amara lost her iPhone 5s while shopping for clothes at the popular Eko Market. Before that, she had lost two phones – a Tecno Camon that slipped out of her bag in a BRT bus, and an Infinix Hot 6 Pro that a guy snatched from her inside Ogudu traffic after giving her two hot slaps.
With businesses forced to shut down and nowhere to shop for a phone, she started searching online for a deal that would solve her problem.
One day, she stumbled on a Facebook promo from ‘Slot Nigeria Limited’ that offered a new Samsung A50 at N47,000. Just what she needed!! She called the number on the ad and was told she could even get a N5,000 discount if she paid within 48 hours. Really? Just N42,000 for a Samsung smartphone?? The sweetest deal ever! The only problem was, all she had left in her savings account was N15,000, so she asked her elder brother for money.
She told him about this amazing mobile phone deal from ‘Slot’ and how she’d been asked to send a message on Whatsapp for payment and delivery. Her brother had bought laptops and phone accessories from SLOT, so he was familiar with the brand. But WhatsApp for payment to Slot Nigeria Limited?? He suspected foul play and decided to do a background check. He checked social media and found out their official handle is @slotlimited on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. It was easy to tell from the blue ticks on their Instagram and Twitter accounts. He also visited www.slot.ng and there was no WhatsApp number for payment and delivery.
Knowing his sister was about to be scammed, he decided to avert the situation and at the same time teach her a lesson. He told her to transfer the N15,000 to his account so he could add money and make the purchase. She was too excited to object. She couldn’t wait to show her best friends, Peju and Tara, the new phone. Small girl, big God!
Immediately her brother received the funds, he told her the good news. He just saved her from fraudsters. Before she could celebrate having the best big brother in Nigeria, he gave her the ‘bad news’. She would not be getting a new phone until after two months so she would learn her lesson. He gave her his old Gionee L1000 to keep in touch with friends. Exactly two months later, he bought her a brand new Huawei P30 Lite from the official SLOT Systems website as promised.
In recent times, the leading retail company for mobile phones, laptops and accessories – SLOT Systems Limited – has been targeted by online scammers who lure members of the public with fake offers, especially on social media. It is quite sad that, like the young lady in this story, many people have fallen victim to these fraudulent online deals.
Next time you see an offer that carries the name ‘SLOT’, look out for these things:
- It is SLOT Systems Limited. Not ‘Slot System’, ‘Slot Nigeria’, or ‘Slot Limited’.
- SLOT SYSTEMS LIMITED will never ask you to pay or send money into a personal account or any other bank account with a name different from ‘SLOT SYSTEMS LIMITED’.
- Always see @slotlimited for social media promos or call 07005000050/ 01-4663633 for enquiries.
SLOT Systems has one of the largest collections of affordable mobile phones, computers, accessories, and various types of electronics. With a fast and efficient delivery system that comes with order tracking, buyers can follow up with online purchases. That means you can shop without worrying about the safety of your items.
Together, we can stop online fraudsters in Nigeria. Don’t fall for scammers. Shop with confidence on SLOT.