NITDA alerts Nigerians on fake websites pledging federal government grants

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) has warned on the existence of fraudulent websites trying to capitalize on the Covid-19 pandemic to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

The agency has asked the general public to disregard and report any such websites for necessary action while it assured that it was doing everything possible to shut down the websites identified.

According to the NITDA in a statement released in Abuja: “One of such tricks is misinforming the public that Federal Government has ordered weekly payment of allowances to all citizens above the age of 18 for observing the ‘Stay At Home’ directive. It then requires the user to complete an online form with the personal information including bank details for the payment to be effected.”

Do not give out your personal information to anyone online; and avoid clicking unknown links. Disregard offers requesting for your bank details, the agency advised in its statement signed by Head of Corporate Affairs & External Relations, Mrs Hadiza Umar.

Read the full statement below.

NITDA Alerts Nigerians on Fake Websites Pledging Federal Government Grants

The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) would like to bring to the attention of the general public the existence of fraudulent websites trying to capitalize on the Covid-19 pandemic to defraud unsuspecting Nigerians.

In NITDA’s efforts at ensuring a safe and secure Nigerian cyberspace, the Agency’s Computer Emergency Readiness and Response Team (CERRT) identified a number of websites using various phishing tricks to attract Internet users.  One of such tricks is misinforming the public that Federal Government has ordered weekly payment of allowances to all citizens above the age of 18 for observing the ‘Stay At Home’ directive. It then requires the user to complete an online form with the personal information including bank details for the payment to be effected.

While NITDA is doing everything possible to shut down the websites identified as well as sanction those behind them, we call on the general public to disregard and report any such websites to the Agency for necessary action.

As a general precautionary measure, Internet users are advised to observe the following:  

  • not to give out their personal information to anyone online;
  • avoid clicking unknown links;
  • disregard offers requesting for their bank details; and
  • know what to do when they become victims of cybercrime.

The Agency calls on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the Federal Government in its efforts at containing the spread of Covid-19 in the country. We are all encouraged to strictly adhere to recommendations given by health experts, and follow updates from relevant agencies handling this outbreak.


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