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The Swindler Who Changed My Life This Year



Marketing is one of the things I dread doing, so when i was transferred to the marketing department in my organization last March i almost had an emotional wreck.  I attended to customers without showing them an atom of empathy. “For peace sakes, can’t any one see I’m not enjoying this?” I thought.

As far as I was concerned, life was being unfair to me until a day one customer walked up to me and told me he had an issue. He said he needed to open an account but didn’t have a dime on him and he needed to have an account in order for him to get some money he was expecting. At that point in time, all I had on me was just the amount of money he requested for. He promised to pay me back the moment he got the money he was expecting . He succeeded in persuading me and  I eventually opened his account with my money and did the necessary documentations.

Three days later, I called the customer and at the sound of the recorded voice message saying his   line was not available, my hands began to tremble. “I’ve been swindled” I cried. “How could I have been so cheap” I asked myself bewildered. Weeks later, I kept trying his phone number but got no encouraging response. I felt robbed, stupid and had an extra reason not to be happy about my department. I decided to forget about the money and try to manage myself till I got some money for my welfare.

One afternoon, I was in the office when  he walked towards me smiling. ” There is nothing to smile about” I said to myself. He had tarnished his own reputation before me and I was going to have a long lasting impression of him.

He greeted me and being the calm person that I am, I politely responded to his greetings. He thanked me for my kind gesture the last time we met and I told him it was nothing, of course I lied.

He introduced himself as the project manager of a Non Government Organisation and told me he had been a customer of my bank long before he met me. That made me a bit surprised because I didn’t quite understand where his story was headed. He said he overheard me talking to someone about getting a job in an NGO to serve humanity and wanted to test my level of empathy. I was dazed.

Before I could even pull myself together, He handed over to me, a job offer letter.  Shortly after that, I tendered my resignation letter and began working in the NGO and I have never been happier.

Now I ask myself, what if I hadn’t been transferred to Marketing? What if I hadn’t given the customer that money? There is a reason for everything.


Writer – Cynthia Igoche

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  1. ogo.okonji@gmail.com'


    December 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Wow! Sounds like a work of fiction….but i know its real.

    I’m so happy for you Cynthia. Reminds me of the scripture that encourages us to be nice to strangers as some have entertained angels in disguise.

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    December 7, 2010 at 9:41 am

    this is really good.

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    bolaji oguntimehin

    December 7, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Thats wonderful!it was just God’s work

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    christie fash

    December 7, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I would have done the same dear. I believe God just wanted to show you it doesn’t really matter where you are at, but your reactions and responses to situation matters.

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    Tope Fadeyi

    December 7, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    Wow! What can I say. It sure pays to be kind even when it seems you won’t get a pay back.

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    December 7, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    while d act of kindness may be referred to as stupid, it was a extremely risky thing to do!! However, i think it becomes essential, in line wit ogochukwu’s tots to keep hoping dt if its a ‘stupid, risky’ act dt wil entertain d ‘angel’, then so shall it be in one’s actions and nt d brain comin to dictate odawise!!

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    December 7, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    ….all things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to his purpose.

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    December 8, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    wow! this is mind blowing…someone like me woulda pasted his picture somewhere in the banking hall and tagged him WANTED lolz… i guess i just learnt something.

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    Femi Canada

    December 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Imagine having dat kin juju wey go open ya eyes to the kin person wey siddon for your front!!!

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    December 8, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Wow! God has his ways. Congrats! Thank God his line didn’t go thru…

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    December 9, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Even when it hurts (or does not seem rational), sometimes when our hearts (instincts/ intuition) pushes us to do it; we shold simply indulge.

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    December 9, 2010 at 1:05 pm


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    December 13, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    hum….this is so touching….we can not always tell who is watching

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    omo'ba adeteju atanda-ajimotokan

    December 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    nice one
    lessons learnt
    thanks for sharing!!!

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    kemi lawani

    December 14, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    that was a brave thing you did. lesson, be true to your deepest principles and instincts, wherever you are.

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    kemi lawani

    December 14, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    that was a brave thing you did. lesson learned: be true to your deepest principles and instincts wherever you are

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    Fairy Godsister

    December 15, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Nice!!!! Thanks for sharing! Sisters let’s sha remain wrapped by God’s leading and our instincts o! So that you don’t become a walking ‘World Bank’, especially for the wrong reasons!

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    December 28, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Oh my! Wonderful and brief article! I can’t even say I would have done the same frankly 🙁

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    January 6, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    I just love this piece.

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    November 3, 2015 at 6:40 am

    Comment *wow!!! This is so inspiring.

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    Ngozi paschaline

    November 3, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Am nt sure wot i’d’v done if i were u in dt situation buh tnk God his grace guided ur impulse to b kind even wen u hate d department u wrk in….its nt easy to giv all u av as charity buh d rewards are alws worth it. I pray dt God wil guide me to alws c him in strangers jst lik u did. Cngrts on ur new job.

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