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World Cup 2018: Fraudsters Scam Nigerians With Russia World Cup Passes

Ismail Olamilekan, 21, and his brother Sodiq, 25, mentioned they paid 250,000 naira (600 euros, $700) every to a person in Lagos for his or her Fan IDs.

“The person advised us that with the Fan ID lets get a task and keep right here,” Ismail advised AFP at a hostel at the outskirts of Moscow.

“But if we were given right here we came upon that it was once a fraud, that he had simply accrued the cash and lied to us.”

‘Soccer profession’

The plastic-coated passes issued by means of the Russian executive permit overseas lovers with fit tickets to go into the rustic with out a visa right through the Global Cup — however they expire ahead of the top of July.

It was once no longer transparent how the substitute brokers bought the Fan IDs that they offered.

A FIFA spokesman stressed out that the Fan IDs machine was once applied by means of the Russian communications ministry.

FIFA “continues to make efforts to spot and curb unauthorised price tag gross sales”, he added.

Overseas ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova advised a information briefing it was once a question for the consular government of the international locations involved.

“You’ll’t rule out that one of the overseas visitors, profiting from visiting the Global Cup, are counting by hook or by crook or some other, in most cases illegally, on crossing the Russian border and getting into some of the Ecu international locations,” she added.

Nigerians ‘stranded’

The Olamilekan brothers spent a few thousand bucks every for his or her airplane fare to Moscow, on most sensible of what they paid one at a time to the agent.

“In Nigeria I play soccer. He advised me that if I got to work I will additionally get started a (soccer) profession in Russia,” Ismail Olamilekan mentioned.

A fellow Muslim was once permitting the brothers to sleep in his hostel till their go back flight on July 22.

Different Nigerians on the other hand discovered themselves stranded in Russia after fraudulent “brokers” who booked go back flights for them then cancelled the bookings to get money back.

One staff of a few dozen Nigerians spent days slumbering at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport.

A few of them advised AFP they paid greater than one million naira every to an agent for a bundle together with flights, fit tickets and a fan ID.

“We have now been slumbering at the flooring like fools. We have now were given no position to head,” mentioned Alonge Ademola, 35, a cement broker from Lagos.

“We in reality do need to return to our nation. We have now cried, now we have wept, however nonetheless no answer.”

Russian charity Alternativa mentioned it had helped about 50 Nigerians stranded in Russia and estimated there have been about 200 in problem general.

“With globalisation the alternatives for criminals also are expanding. The Fan IDs make a particularly winning industry for them,” mentioned the gang’s spokeswoman, Yulia Siluyanova.

Lesson learnt

Round 50 Nigerians spent the evening of Thursday to Friday at the pavement in entrance of the Nigerian embassy in Moscow.

Nigerian embassy spokesman Olumide Ajayi advised AFP on Friday that it had made preparations to deal with 57 stranded Nigerians and would paintings with Russian government and airways to have the opportunity to ship them house.

The Olamilekan brothers in the meantime are ready to board the go back flights. They funded the entire go back and forth with cash their oldsters borrowed.

“We have no choice however to return house and paintings and pay our oldsters’ money owed,” Ismail mentioned.

“I spoke to them final evening. They requested if now we have were given a task and if we are dwelling smartly and I determined to inform them sure. I do not like mendacity to my oldsters,” he mentioned.

“I nonetheless give due to God as a result of he has taught me a lesson.”

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