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NCC Warns Nigerians Against Airtime And Data Giveaway

NCC Warns Nigerians Against Airtime And Data Giveaway     

The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, has warned telecommunication users about a syndicated group on a move to swindle unsuspecting members of the public by capitalising on the generosity of the Nigerian Musician, David Adedeji Adeleke, known as Davido. Information Guide Nigeria

According to VOICE OF NIGERIA, the Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, in a statement tagged “Davido Airtime and Data” has warned about any message urging them to hurry and get the airtime and Data gift by clicking on the links that supposedly redirect them to a network site.

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Recall that the Nigerian-American music star, songwriter, and producer had recently announced that he would donate 250 million naira to various orphanage homes across the country.

The statement reads “The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has discovered while undertaking online social listening that an ostensibly syndicated group is on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, particularly millions of Nigerian telecom consumers, by capitalising on the generosity of David Adedeji Adeleke, widely known as Davido

“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”

According to VOICE OF NIGERIA, NCC said: ”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 has advised 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.” Jamb Result

VOICE OF NIGERIA reports that NCC has assured Nigerians that it will not rest on its oars in empowering telecom consumers with the requisite information and education to protect them from cybercriminals using telecom platforms to perpetrate fraud.

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Idongesit Akpa-Ayang

Idongesit is a graduate of Communication Arts, University of Uyo. Currently working as a news reporter at InfoGuide Nigeria.

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