The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned Nigerians to be mindful of an advertorial titled “Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway,” which is circulating on social media.
NCC issued the warning in a statement on Tuesday by its spokesman, Ikechukwu Adinde, following Davido’s N250 million donation to various orphanage homes across Nigeria.
Adinde said that some fraudsters want to capitalize on Davido’s generosity by launching a fake airtime and data giveaway to swindle unsuspecting members of the public on the donations.
The commission asked Nigerians to disregard the advert which claimed that Davido was giving out free N5,000 airtime and 10GB internet data of all networks to celebrate his birthday.
NCC Raises Alarm Over Davido Airtime, Data Scam
The statement reads, “The Nigerian-American music star, songwriter and producer recently announced he would donate 250 million naira to various orphanage homes across Nigeria.
“Exploiting Davido’s benevolence, a group of scammers rolled out an advertorial titled “Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway”, which went viral, claiming that Davido is “giving out free 5K Airtime and 10GB Internet data of All Networks” to celebrate his birthday.
“In the advertorial, the general public is urged to hurry and get the gift by clicking on the links that supposedly redirect them to network sites, where they will be credited with airtime and data. This is a scam.
“The NCC wishes to advise our teeming telecom consumers to have nothing to do with the advert or any similar bogus enticements. The adverts are what they are – social engineering rip-offs designed to get people’s MSISDN and other information that fraudsters can use later to defraud unsuspecting telecom consumers and members of the public.
“For clarity, the MSISDN is simply the full phone number of a cellphone, in addition to other protocol information. This number is unique and identifies subscribers/owners in a GSM or other mobile networks.
“Therefore, it suffices to state that any unscrupulous person or unethical hacker can use the number and attendant protocol to undermine the privacy of the real owners of the number through identity theft and other scams.
“The NCC, therefore, reiterates its earlier warning to telecom consumers to be cautious and not to let their guards down. If a promo or an offer seems too good to be true, then it is likely untrue.
“The Commission will not rest on its oars in empowering telecom consumers with the requisite information and education in order to protect them from cybercriminals determined to use the telecom platforms to perpetrate frauds.”
KanyiDaily recalls that veteran Nigerian singer, Baba Fryo had slammed Davido for donating the sum of N250 million to ‘unknown’ orphans and neglecting ‘a known face’ like him.