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15.07.2021 Justice Between GTB and SportyPay, How N500,000 Belonging to UI DLC Students Vanished from Baruwa Hassan’s Account

Published 15th Jul, 2021

By Damilola Adeyera

Baruwa Oladayo Hassan’s world seems to be caving in after his account was debited the sum of N500,000 without his knowledge and approval. 

On July 2, was en route to the GT Bank branch at Agbowo, Ibadan, to make some transactions when he received a text message with a One Time Password, OTP.  A one-time password (OTP) is an automatically generated numeric or alphanumeric string of characters that authenticates the user for a single transaction or login session.

Since Baruwa was not expecting OTP for any transaction at that moment, he ignored the text. To his surprise, just two minutes later, he received a debit alert of N100 for a recharge card — a transaction he did not initiate. Few minutes after this, he got a debit alert of N499,900, which, again, he did not initiate. 

“I was totally surprised when I saw unauthorized debit alerts on my phone. But fortunately, I was in the GTB premises when I saw alert. I quickly entered the banking hall to show the bank the debit alert I got on my phone,” he told FIJ. 

Officials at the Agbowo branch of GTB explained to Baruwa the money was transferred to SportyPay. He was shocked to hear this, as he did not have or operate a SportyPay account. After leaving the bank, he sent a mail to GT Bank’s Fraud Team, providing them with details of how his account was ‘illegally’ debited. 

In their reply to Baruwa’s mail, GT Bank’s Fraud Team said they contacted SportyPay and “requested that the disputed transactions be terminated”. However, they were “informed by the merchant that the transactions were successful, and service had already been rendered”. 

Hassan has already slept in police cell because of unauthorised transaction

The response given by GT Bank did not sit well with Baruwa, who wondered if the bank wants him to forgo N500,000.

“Is GTB trying to kill one of their customers through hypertension?” he answered.

“Is GTB telling me that N500,000 can’t be traced at all, even if there was a transaction ID that followed the unauthorized and fraudulent debit from my account? How am I sure that my account details was not compromised by the GTB? Because my Card is always with me and my phone did not get lost.”

Efforts to reach GT Bank have so far been unsuccessful, as the bank is yet to respond mails sent by FIJ.

Findings by FIJ showed that SportyPay, the merchant who carried out this transaction, has no officially recognised social media handle and website. Sportypay.ng redirects internet users to a porn website, while Sportypay.com and Sportypay.com.ng fail to open. Also, a search on Twitter revealed various testimonies of people whose accounts were debited by SportyPay. 

Earlier in the week, a Twitter user, Olatomide_flame, recounted how his GT account was debited the same way as it happened to Baruwa.

“I was at the ATM yesterday and couldn’t use the machine, as it ejected my card twice without even getting to input my PIN. I didn’t make any transaction literally,” he said. “Few minutes later I got a message of OTP sent to me to complete a transaction I know nothing of then debit alert. Debit alert of 50k followed, which I know nothing of.”  

For Baruwa, this unauthorised transaction has caused him so much distress. He told FIJ the money in the account does not belong to him but students of the Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan.

“I was arrested by one of those who own the money. The money is meant for payment of school fees of Distance Learning students and its closing by 25th of this month. When I told one of them what was happening, the person did not believe. He thought I was lying so he got me arrested.”

6 replies on “Between GTB and SportyPay, How N500,000 Belonging to UI DLC Students Vanished from Baruwa Hassan’s Account”

The latest pattern of defrauding innocent members of the public these days, is through Sportybet. I’ve gotten my own share of fraud through this platform. My 262k was transferred from my Zenith bank account to a Sportybet account, and from there, the monies were transferred to a Wema bank account, with account numbers, 7821809105.
Sporty bet company on their part succeeded in establishing the fact that they sent the monies to Wema bank account, via an application from the owner of the wallet. But Zenith bank up to this day is yet to tel me how my monies left my account, to a Sporty bet account, without my authorization.

I did all I could to persuade the bank to act, but to no avail. I tried contacting the defunct SARS team, the monies they billed me was even higher than the monies the stole from my account. I tried contacting Fiseyo, there was no response. That was how I decided to forgo the issue.
Majority of the Staff in that Sporty company, are thieves.

This is the second time sport pay is debiting me for transactions I didn’t make. I was in my house at school. I was sent #6200 for my brothers school books on the 24th of July 2021. In the morning 25th of july I was sent an OTP. Which i ignored because I didn’t make any transactions. But after some few minutes I saw a debit alert of #5000 naira, then followed by a debit of 1,000 naira the worst thing I also received a debit of 200naira, meaning the 6200 naira sent to me was gone. I call my bank and everything was fine for a while even though my money was not refunded. But reaching August 10, which was yesterday when I won a bet of 14000 naira, o withraw 7000 naira to my bank. Reaching 11th of August 2021 I just came back from class, so I decided to plug my phone, after a while my friend called me that there is a debit alert of 5000 naira on my phone. When I check it was from sport pay again. I check my balance it was remaining 2000 naira I try to widraw from tje nearest POS point, it was unsuccessful because I was not even allowed to withdraw my own money from my UBA account. I layer received a debit of 2000 naira also. And I have never had any business with the so called sport pay. I will be at my bank tomorrow to see what they are going to do about it.

This happened to me today,I have #23,000 in my account with Keystone bank at Dugbe and I have my ATM card with me around 1:35pm, I received a debit alert of 8,000 in less that 2 second I got another alert of 10,000 and an OTP was sent to me to complete the transaction I never initiated even got a call showing bank scammer which I didn’t pick, immediately I tried to move my Money to another account but was not going through. I later got an alert of 5000 and 100. All this is linked to sportypay with POS Transaction

My name is Nwodom David Ejim with this account number 0007789558 acces bank

On 10th of June 2021 one thousand naira (#1,000) with draw from my through sportpay bet, same that day another withdraw of thirty thousand naira (#30,000) was with draw from the account
On 23rd of June 2021 another ten thousand naira (#10,000) draw was made without my concern through sportpay bet.
On 29th of June 2021 another draw of eighty thausand naria (#80, 000) was withdrawn from my account without my permission. please I need help on how to recover my money back

My name is Nwodom David Ejim with this account number 0007789558 acces bank

On 10th of June 2021 one thousand naira (#1,000) with draw from my through sportpay bet, same that day another withdraw of thirty thousand naira (#30,000) was with draw from the account
On 23rd of June 2021 another ten thousand naira (#10,000) draw was made without my concern through sportpay bet.
On 29th of June 2021 another draw of eighty thausand naria (#80, 000) was withdrawn from my account without my permission.

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Published 15th Jul, 2021

By Damilola Adeyera

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