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    Davido Donations: NCC cautions Nigerians over activities of fraudsters

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) issued a warning on Tuesday to Nigerians to be wary of fraudsters attempting to defraud them using Davido’s 250 million naira donation.

    Davido Donations: NCC cautions Nigerians over activities of fraudsters
    Davido Donations: NCC cautions Nigerians over activities of fraudsters

    The NCC claimed it identified a purportedly syndicated group using the name of Davido to defraud unwary members of the public on donations while conducting online social listening.

    The commission warned Nigerians in a statement issued by its Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, that millions of Nigerian telecom consumers might become victims of scammers who are “capitalizing on the generosity of David Adedeji Adeleke, popularly known as Davido” to launch the scam.

    The NCC said:

    “The Nigerian-American music star, songwriter and producer recently announced he would donate 250 million Naira 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.

    Davido Donations: NCC cautions Nigerians over activities of fraudsters
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    “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.”

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