The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has raised alarm over of a fake LinkedIn account that is being attributed to the Commission’s Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Prof Umar Garba Danbatta.
In a statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Reuben Muoka on Tuesday, the Commission alienated itself and its CEO from the account, stating: “We wish to categorically state that the said LinkedIn account is fake and has no affiliation with the NCC or Prof Danbatta.
We, therefore, urge the public to be wary of any communication or connection request from this fake LinkedIn account, as it is being operated by fraudulent individuals, who may be seeking to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.”
The statement further sensitized the public on security consciousness is using social media and other online interactions. “We wish to use this opportunity to remind the public that it is important to verify the authenticity of any online account, especially when such accounts claim to belong to public figures or organizations. We advise the public to only connect with verified and official accounts of the NCC and its officials.”
The NCC warned operators of the fake LinkedIn account to desist from such criminal activity as the Commission will not hesitate to take legal action against them if they are caught. “We remain committed to protecting the public from online fraud and ensuring a safe and secure online environment,” the statement reaffirmed.
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