Fashola Warns Against Facebook Scammers
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has urged Nigerians to beware of fake Facebook accounts been opened in his name by scammers.
The minister and former Lagos state governor made the warning to the public when he disclaimed a fake Facebook account set up in his name, which displays his picture.
Fashola, while warning members of the public against being deceived by scammers operating such fake accounts, reiterated that his verified Facebook account remained Babatunde Fashola.
According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Communications, Mr Hakeem Bello, the minister lamented that despite repeated warnings and disclaimers, certain unscrupulous members of the public still engage in the act of defrauding others through different social media platforms falsely linked to him.
According to information gathered by Naija News, the fake account set up in the former Lagos State governor’s name had the user name: Fashola Raji Fashola, and the scammers posted that the Federal Government was giving out the sum of N700,000 to youths and young adults to enable them pay school fees, set up business outfits and invest in business ventures, among others.
The publication written in very poor English by the scammers read in part, “All the Nigeria Citozings of All the and Local Government in Nigeria Are Beneficiary of the Federal Government Money Enpwoerment to Empower the Youth to Pay There School. Adult to do Business Etc. Contact Number 08035339533).
“Good News…To All Nigeria Youth and Adult… Federal Government is Giving Out N700,000 Free Cash Transfer To All To Empower the Youth Further Their Educations, Open Good Business and Learn Good Works. Call Mr. Adebayo Kola, the Federal Government Cashier on 09035339533. All the Nigerian Citizens of All the States and Local Governments…”
Fashola in the statement, urged members of the public to always clarify with the appropriate agencies of government at all levels before engaging in any dealings with people purportedly working for them, and also report suspected cases to law enforcement agencies.