Two suspected scammers have been arrested by the Nigeria Police under an ongoing law enforcement plan by OLX to secure its e-commerce platform against fraudulent activities.
Lola Masha, Country Manager, OLX Nigeria, who dropped the hint Monday in Lagos says the company’s commitment towards ensuring the security of users on its platform is now yielding results.
Masha confirmed that two suspects have been arrested by the Nigeria Police under the plan to secure the OLX platform.
The OLX Nigeria Country Manager made the disclosure while speaking in Lagos on the theme, “Making e-Commerce More Secure in Nigeria”,organise d by OLX in partnership with Mobile Monday Nigeria (MoMo), a global community of mobile industry developers.
According to her “we have deployed both human and technology monitoring measures to curb incessant threats posed by traitors to their business partners” while adding that one of the culprits is already serving a jail term.
“The partnership with MoMo is to further enhance OLX commitment to keeping the site safe and secure for its users”, Masha adds.
The OLX Country Manager also added that “working closely with the Nigeria Police Force, OLX has been able to catch two scammers on the site showing our dedication to keeping OLX users’ safe and ensuring that every user experiences a smooth transaction on the site.”
Furthermore, Jameelah Ayedun, Managing Director, CR Services described it as a new vista for online retailers in Nigeria, and OLX is championing the way by empowering OLX users to conduct more accountable business transactions.
“We are delighted to partner with OLX towards providing a safe and secure way through which more people can transact business online”, she adds.
Speaking on the partnership, Charles Okafor, Chief Superintendent of Police, stated that “the Nigerian Police Force is actively working with OLX to ensure online offenders (scammers) are caught and brought to justice.”
CSP Okafor also commended OLX on their dedication to keeping their site safe for Nigerian citizens.
On his part, Femi Taiwo, CEO/CTO INITS Limited, recommended a constant update of e-commerce platforms’ security apparatuses to stay ahead of scammers.
Taiwo says that cyber thieves are also innovative and try to stay ahead of companies who are usually breached without their knowledge for certain period of time.
Ope Adeoye, manager, Strategy and Alliances Interswitch, in his submission said that e-commerce users should be wary of scammers, be more vigilant and use common security tips to avoid their ploys.
He described as unprofessional and uncivilised to part away with money when the supposed product has not been provided; “just like it is in the physical market like Yaba, you can’t pay for a product unless you have seen the goods.”
The Interswithch exec also warned companies to avoid practice where sensitive data regarding the customers get in the hands of third parties without due diligence.
OLX connects local people to buy, sell or exchange used goods and services by making it fast and easy for anyone to post an ad through the mobile app.
The OLX service offers a global classifieds platform in growth markets and is available in more than 40 countries and over 50 languages, the company says.