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EFCC Dispels Misinformation, Cautions Against False ‘Scam Alert’

Article Summary

  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) warns the public about a circulating ‘Scam Alert’ from a fictitious EFCC Help Desk.
  • This scam could involve fraudulent phone calls from the Commission’s help desk.
  • EFCC Spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, clarifies that the EFCC has no such desk, and the scam alert information did not originate from the EFCC.
  • The public is advised to verify any questionable information with the EFCC, as the Commission will not be liable for any losses incurred due to this scam.

News Story

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alerted Nigerians to be wary of a circulating ‘Scam Alert’ that falsely claims to be issued by a non-existent EFCC Help Desk.

The scam may involve fraudulent phone calls claiming to be from the Commission’s help desk.

EFCC Spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, vehemently rejected these claims in a recent announcement in Abuja. He clarified that the ‘Scam Alert’ gaining traction on social media platforms is fraudulent.

“To remove any uncertainty, the EFCC does not operate such a desk, and any information purportedly from the so-called EFCC HELP DESK did not arise from the EFCC,” Uwujaren stated.

He further pointed out that the culprits behind this scam’s use of the EFCC name hint at ulterior motives.

He cautiously cautioned the public, explaining that the Commission would not bear responsibility if anyone fell victim to this blatant fraud.

Uwujaren concluded with a recommendation to the public: “The commission thus advises the public to remain vigilant and cross-check any doubtful information with the commission,” he instructed.


Safeguarding Against Scams: A Public Responsibility

In the ever-evolving digital communications landscape, the recent alert issued by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against a fictitious ‘Scam Alert’ highlights an urgent need for public vigilance.

However, what can readers do to navigate these murky waters and protect themselves from such deceptive tactics?

At the outset, it may seem alarming that scammers have adopted the trusted name of the EFCC to lure unsuspecting victims. However, this should be seen not as a sign of the Commission’s weakness but as a testimony to its significance in our society.

The impostors have recognised that the EFCC’s reputation lends credibility to their misleading communications.

Nonetheless, the EFCC has been swift in its response.

Through its spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, the Commission has clarified that there is no such entity as the EFCC Help Desk, from where the scam alert supposedly originated. In so doing, the EFCC is taking responsibility and reminding us that fighting against fraudulent activities is not just its job but a collective effort.

Indeed, while the EFCC can warn and educate, it is ultimately up to us to protect ourselves from scams.

The Commission’s advice to verify any doubtful information with them is crucial and should be heeded.

Being informed, sceptical and proactive when encountering potentially fraudulent communications is the best defence against scams.

So, let’s take this as a call to action. Let’s arm ourselves with the correct information, verify the facts, and consistently report suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities. A safe digital community is a collective responsibility, and we have a part to play.

Did You Know?

  • The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) was established in 2003 to combat financial and economic crimes in Nigeria.
  • According to the EFCC, cybercrime in Nigeria increased by 120% from 2017 to 2018.
  • According to the FBI, Nigeria ranks 16th on the list of countries most affected by internet crime.
  • The EFCC has secured over 2,240 convictions since its inception in 2003.

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