Olawale Ayodeji, a police officer in Ogun State, has accused SportyBet, a betting site in Nigeria, of failing to take effective steps to help him recover the N141,500 deducted from his account by unknown persons in July.
Ayodeji told FIJ that he had written to the betting company on several occasions but got no worthwhile response.
The police officer said that N110,000 was first transferred from his Polaris Bank account to his SportyBet account on July 19, then unknown persons transferred the money from the betting account to Palmpay.
He stated that the same incident repeated itself when, on the following day, he transferred N31,500 from his bank account to his SportyBet account. He said the amount was again moved by fraudsters from his betting account into an unknown Palmpay account.
On noticing the fraud, Ayodeji said he contacted SportyBet but was referred to Polaris Bank.
“They told me Polaris Bank, my bank, had to send them an official letter before they got involved. I told them that should not be the case because it happened on their platform, but I got no response,” Ayodeji said.
He said he contacted Palmpay on the issue but they told him SportyBet should have contacted them, not him.
“SprotyBet is not concerned about my money. Someone hacked my account and used it to transfer money to another account,” he said.
“I am sure they work hand-in-hand with these scammers. My explanations to SportyBet have been falling on deaf ears. They are showing no concern. They have refused to send an email to Palmpay as advised.”
FIJ sent an email to SportyBet for comments but there was no response at press time.
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