EFCC Speaks Out Concerning Fake Lockdown Funds

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has cautioned Nigerians against fraudulent activities of fake dispenser and manager of funds to vulnerable Nigerians to cope with the discomfort associated with the lockdown measures of the Federal Government in some parts of the country.

Ibrahim Magu, the Acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC disclosed this information on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, adding that some faceless elements are putting ” FREE N5000 LOCKDOWN FUNDS TO SUSTAIN DURING LOCKDOWN” in circulation.

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:///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”.

The phishing website, is curiously hosted on a Google server, Magu stated. He said: “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 recently cautioned Nigerians against fake cures and donations, especially fake charities offering guidelines on donations to government and ordinary Nigerians in a bid to cope with the discomfort springing out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Magu emphasizes the commitments of the EFCC to monitor closely and get fraudsters cashing in on the government lockdown directives to perpetrate criminal acts. “We would not stop bursting every scheme designed to defraud Nigerians of their hard- earned money”, he said.