Nigerians have been warned by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) about a fake Davido airtime and data giveaway ad on social media.
The NCC’s Director of Public Affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, said this in an Abuja statement on Tuesday.
An advertorial named “Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway” was put out by a bunch of fraudsters, according to Adinde.
According to him, the viral advertisement said that Davido was giving out free N5,000 airtime and 10GB of internet data across all networks to celebrate his birthday.
He said that the NCC identified a purportedly syndicated gang on the lookout to defraud unsuspecting members of the public while conducting online social listening.
According to Adinde, the scammers took advantage of the kindness of David Adeleke, better known as Davido, and affected millions of Nigerian telecom customers.
“The Nigerian-American singer, songwriter, and producer recently made an N250 million donation to orphanages across Nigeria.
“The general public was pushed to hurry and obtain the present by clicking on the links that reportedly directed them to network sites, where they would be credited with airtime and data,” according to the advertisement. This is a rip-off.
“The NCC would want to warn our thronging telecom customers not to fall for the ad or any other similar ruse.”
“The advertisements are what they are,” he added, “social engineering rip-offs meant to get people’s Mobile Station Integrated Services Digital Network (MSISDN) and other information that fraudsters can later use to scam unwary telecom users and members of the public.”
“MSISDN is essentially the whole phone number of a smartphone, together with additional protocol details,” Adinde explained.
“In a GSM or other mobile network, this number is unique and identifies subscribers/owners.
“As a result, it is sufficient to mention that any unscrupulous person or unethical hacker can exploit the number and associated protocol to jeopardize the privacy of the number’s true owners through identity theft and other frauds.”
“As a result, the NCC reiterates its prior advice to telecom customers to be vigilant and not to relax their guard.” If a promotion or deal appears to be too good to be true, it most usually is.”
Adinde stated that the commission will not rest on its laurels in providing telecom customers with the necessary information and education to safeguard them from cybercriminals motivated to commit fraud through social media and telecom platforms.