- Fake Twitter account pops up 48hours after President Muhammadu Buhari launched the central bank digital currency called eNaira
- The fake Twitter handle, @enaira_cbdc, is luring unsuspecting Nigerians with 50 billion eNaira currency in a bid to steal details of users
- The Central Bank of Nigeria said it doesn't own @enaira_cbdc, neither does it manage any Twitter account since Jack Dorsey's social media was banned
The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has distanced itself from fake eNaira twitter account, @enaira_cbdc, which claims that the apex Bank is offering intervention funds to Nigerians.
The fake twitter handle said the financial regulator is disbursing 30 billion eNaira currency to Nigerians that sign up and provide their eNaira wallet details through the link @enaira_cbdc posted.
The twitter handle has attracted several followers while disguising to be an account owned by the central bank, and the monetary authority has warned Nigerians not to fall victim of the perpetrators trap.
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In a statement clarifying the CBN's position, the apex bank told Nigerians that @enaira_cbdc is a fraudulent twitter handle conducting illegal activities.
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The issuer of eNaira said the individuals behind the handle are trying to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians with the links attached to their tweets.
According to the statement, CBN has since suspended its twitter activities after President Muhammadu Buhari banned the operation of the social networking site, hence, it is not the owner of @enaira_cbdc.
While it advised members of the public to be guided, CBN also appealed to Nigerians to report suspicious activities through www.enaira.gov.ng or call its central bank digital currency contact centre on 080069362472;
"or visiting any CBN Branch nearest to them."
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This comes after several complaints from users who tried to sign in. They were denied access due to failure of the app to validate their names, email and Bank Verification Number (BVN).
Nigerians rated the eNaira app low on the review segment of the Google Playstore, but it is not yet known if the app store brought it down or CBN did.