The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned Nigerians to shun any fraudulent charities offering guidelines on COVID-19 donations to the public.
Acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, made this known in a statement made available on Wednesday by the Acting Spokesperson of the EFCC, Tony Orilade.
The EFCC boss also cautioned Nigerians against patronising fraudulent operators advertising cures and treatments of COVID-19.
Magu added that there was the need for patriotic Nigerians to be cautious of fake COVID-19 “ Do-it-yourself” tests and use of unwanted mobile applications from untrusted sources and fake multilevel marketing schemes with mouth-watering returns online.
He said: “The FG has rolled out account details of accredited banks through which donations can be made. Please, note that any other guideline for donations is fraudulent and should be ignored.
“Besides, members of the public should be cautious of online investment involving various money-doubling schemes. We are tracking all those fraudulent operators.”
The EFCC boss also advised Nigerians against illegal “Robo Calls”, saying that such calls are meant to scam and steal the banking details of their victims.
Magu said: “Don’t press any number required by any illegal Robo Call.
“The recording machine might require you to press a number for you to speak with an operator. This is fraudulent. Don’t press such a number”, he said.
“Nigerians need to exercise extreme cautions over the following measures: “Don’t click on links from any source that you don’t know. Doing so could download Malware onto your computer or device.
“Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. Be alert and vigilant about online promotions and investment opportunities, especially on social media.”