Coronavirus: EFCC cautions Nigerians against fraudulent antics

Coronavirus: EFCC cautions Nigerians against fraudulent antics

- EFCC has asked Nigerians not to fall for fraudsters

- The anti-graft agency said fraudsters are parading an online testing

- According to EFCC, there is nothing of such in existence

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cautioned Nigerians against emerging online fraudulent tactics being adopted by Internet fraudsters in the wake of donations arising from COVID-19.

In a statement issued by Acting Spokesperson of the Commission, Mr Tony Orilade, in Abuja on Monday, the Acting Chairman of the EFCC, Mr Ibrahim Magu, said that the caution had become imperative now that people are more vulnerable.

Magu explained that there is no online testing for COVID-19.

He added that such online link requesting for personal information to test for the coronavirus, or provide a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) method, was part of fraudulent methods aimed at defrauding Nigerians.

Magu said there had been increasing number of complaints received by the Commission from innocent Nigerians falling prey to the antics of Internet fraudsters who were taking advantage of the pandemic to defraud unsuspecting targets.

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“In the last couple of days, home-bond Internet users have complained of receiving several e-mails, sms, Whatsapp messages offering free services.

“These services included ‘Do-It-Yourself’ COVID-19 tests; subscription to either Netflix, hulu, DSTV, Government Intervention/Grant of N30,000; and other tricky offers.

“Some of the fraudulent schemes are coming in the form of links that offer free data or request for the Bank Verification Number (BVN) and account details of their victims.

“They often assure victims that they will be credited with money, as part of the federal government’s palliatives to cushion the effects of the Stay At Home order,” he said.

Meanwhile, had reported that in its efforts to rid Nigeria of corruption and corrupt practices, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has ensured that two separate projects abandoned by Fariq Interbiz Limited worth N305,000,000 has been completed.

In a post shared on the anti-graft agency's official Facebook page, the projects located in Wasagu and Dirin-Daji communities of Kebbi state were finished due to the commission's intervention.

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This is following a piece of whistleblower information EFCC received where it was gathered that the company was awarded contracts by the federal ministry of water resources to construct two comprehensive water supply units, one in Wasagu and the other in Dirin-Daji.

However, the contractor, upon receiving a reasonable percentage of the total contract sum, abandoned the project.

Fortunately, the commission's tax fraud section began an investigation and this compelled the contractor to return to complete both projects which include wells, piping, reservoir purchase, and control houses.

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