APPOINTMENT SCAM: FG RAISES ALARM OVER FAKE OFFER LETTERS
The Federal Government has denounced fake letters of appointment being sent to unsuspecting members of the public followed by monetary demands on its behalf.
In a statement signed by the Deputy Director (Information), for Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Salisu Na'Inna Dambatta, warned that the telephone calls, e-mails and text messages about political appointments were fake.
'The attention of the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has been drawn to the activities of some fraudsters who send e-mails, text messages or make telephone calls to unsuspecting individuals and falsely informing them of their nominations and consideration for unspecified political appointments.
'The fictitious nomination is followed by requests to the victims to fill and return Bio-data forms provided by the scammers and pay sums of money ranging from N100, 000.00 to N200, 000.00 into designated bank accounts as administrative charges and fee for procuring purported clearance certificates from the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Code of Conduct Bureau by a non-existent security committee.
'The fraudsters used this fake e-mail address for contact: [email protected]
'The office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation wishes to make it abundantly clear that such e-mails, text messages and telephone calls as well as promises of such political appointments are done without authorisation whatsoever and should be disregarded.
'Members of the general public should note that the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, like other government agencies, has standard channels and methods of communication for contacting individuals, institutions and corporate bodies whenever the need arises.
'Henceforth, recipients of such or any suspicious correspondences and requests should cross-check with the press unit of the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation or report to the nearest security agency for investigation.'