Covid-19: EFCC raises alarm over fake lockdown funds

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cautioned members of the public against fraudulent activities of spurious fund managers claiming to dispense same to vulnerable Nigerians allegedly to cope with the discomfort of the stay-at-home order by the federal government in some parts of the country to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, who disclosed the development, Tuesday in Abuja, in a press statement by the commission’s acting spokesperson, Mr Tony Orilade, noted that some faceless elements were circulating “Free N5,000 Locldon Funds To Sustai  Durung Lockdown.”

He said, ” The circulation of the fake funds is being carried out online through a phishing link via WhatsApp.  The link is embedded with a link titled https://bit.ly/free-N5000. “Whenever the link is clicked, it would redirect recipients of the message to a phishing website address https://fg-free-funds.blogspot.com. Visitors to this fraudulent website will find an online questionnaire from which they must respond in order to trigger the phishing.”

According to Magu, “The phishing website is curiously hosted on a Google server. However, registration information of the website is being investigated and members of the public are advised to be wary of any lockdown funds dressed in any suspicious garb.”

The EFCC,  had in a recent statement, cautioned Nigerians against fake cures and donations, especially fake charities springing up purporting to offer guidelines on donations to government and Nigerians in a bid to cope with the discomfort of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown.

Orilade said the EFCC boss reiterated the commitments of the commission to monitor closely the antics of fraudsters cashing in on the lockdown directives to perpetrate criminal acts.

“We will not stop bursting every scheme designed to defraud Nigerians of their hard-earned money,” Magu vowed.

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