The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has warned Nigerians against the use of a fake app that claims to help link the National Identity Number to SIM cards.
Naija News reports that the NIMC stated this on Monday in a post on its Twitter handle.
The Commission distanced itself from the app saying it is run by fraudsters who use it to get people’s NIN and Bank Verification Number.
“The app was not created by NIMC or the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is run by fraudsters who are currently harvesting people’s NINs and BVNs by default,” NIMC said.
It also advised people to protect their data and stop disclosing personal information to unauthorized persons or platforms.
Naija News recalls that the NIMC had launched a mobile app that can be used to link seven SIM cards to one NIN.
The NIMC app can also be used to print out NIN cards in PDF format.
Speaking to Channels TV, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, said: “We developed an app, when you go online, you will see it.
“That app, as long as you have your NIMC number, you will only download it without visiting any office. You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one.
“I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation.”
Source: Naija News