The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) on Tuesday warned telecom users/consumers not to fall prey to the activities of fraudsters bent on swindling them on Davido’s N250m donation to orphanages across Nigeria.
In a statement which was released on Tuesday, the Commission said it discovered while undertaking online social listening that an ostensibly syndicated group is on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting members of the public on the donations made by popular pop star Davido.
The commission further warned Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters via a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.
It noted that millions of Nigerian telecom consumers could fall victims of the fraudsters who are “capitalising on the generosity of David Adedeji Adeleke, widely known as Davido” to launch the scam.
The statement reads, “The Nigerian-American music star, songwriter and producer recently announced he would donate N250m to various orphanage homes across Nigeria.
“Exploiting Davido’s benevolence, a group of scammers rolled out an advertorial titled ‘Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway’, which went viral, claiming that Davido is ‘giving out free 5K Airtime and 10GB Internet data of All Networks’ to celebrate his birthday.
“In the advertorial, the general public is urged to hurry and get the gift by clicking on the links that supposedly redirect them to network sites, where they will be credited with airtime and data. This is a scam.
“The NCC wishes to advise our teeming telecom consumers to have nothing to do with the advert or any similar bogus enticements.
“The adverts are what they are – social engineering rip-offs designed to get people’s MSISDN and other information that fraudsters can use later to defraud unsuspecting telecom consumers and members of the public.
“For clarity, the MSISDN is simply the full phone number of a cellphone, in addition to other protocol information. This number is unique and identifies subscribers/owners in a GSM or other mobile networks.
“Therefore, it suffices to state that any unscrupulous person or unethical hacker can use the number and attendant protocol to undermine the privacy of the real owners of the number through identity theft and other scams.
“The NCC, therefore, reiterates its earlier warning to telecom consumers to be cautious and not to let their guards down. If a promo or an offer seems too good to be true, then it is likely untrue.
“The Commission will not rest on its oars in empowering telecom consumers with the requisite information and education in order to protect them from cybercriminals determined to use the telecom platforms to perpetrate frauds.”