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NITDA unmasks fake website pledging to disburse FG lockdown funds to Nigerians

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The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), has urged Nigerians especially those in cyber space to be wary of fake/phishing websites in circulation.

The Agency, in a statement posted across its social media channels, said that some websites are misinforming the public that Federal Government has approved the disbursement of funds under a fictitious vote called “Lockdown Funds”.

“The fake website further directs that you fill a form online in order to receive your share of the money.

“These bogus sites should be disregarded and report any such website to the NITDA immediately. The Federal Government of Nigeria is using all the necessary means and measures already in place to contain the spread of fake and malicious news in the country.

Here is a sample:

Fake website

Fake website identified by NITDA

“The Agency is working round the clock to checkmate cyber security threats and possible data breach under Nigerian Data Protection Regulation”.

NITDA has also issued some Things you should not do online, such as;

  • Do not give out your information to anyone online
  • Avoid clicking unknown links
  • Disregard offers requesting for your bank details

“We urge well meaning Nigerians to strictly adhere to recommendations given by health experts, and follow updates from relevant agencies handling this outbreak”, NITDA writes, adding that you can contact www.cerrt.ng to report any suspected links or website.