The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has raised alarm, warning Nigerians, especially telecoms consumers, about a fraudulent message being spread on the Internet by a fraudulent website.
The commission, in a statement, identified the fake website as- https://covid-19-fg-grant.blogspot.com/?=1, saying it asked Nigerians to apply for free Internet bundle and claiming it was given by the Nigerian government in collaboration with NCC.
The website, according to reports, asked Nigerians to apply for free Internet by clicking a web link, which automatically led to a webpage with a dialogue box where they were expected to fill in their bio-data and other demographics.
Stressing its position on the subject, the commission stated: “NCC wishes to state categorically that neither the Nigerian government nor the commission has issued such a message to Nigerian citizens.
This is coming hours after the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning denied circulating a letter calling for donations to fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry said the letter titled ‘Donations so far for the fight against COVID-19 in Nigeria’ with reference number FMF/HMF/S-EFFE-REC/2020/1 and dated March 28, 2020, was fake and an attempt to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
The ministry said this in a statement issued by the Special Adviser, Media and Communications to the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Yunusa Abdullahi.
This wave of denial is also coming at a time when Nigerians are clamouring for relief funds from the federal government following the stay-at-home order given by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
The directive, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the pandemic, has seen many Nigerians shut their businesses and left with no means of survival. This led to the calls by the citizens for the government to cater for the wellbeing of Nigerians by distributing funds to all Nigerians affected by the pandemic.
Recall that the federal government stated that it had commenced distribution of cash to poor people in some parts of the country.