The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) says it discovered an ostensibly syndicated group on the lookout to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, particularly millions of Nigerian telecom consumers, by capitalizing on David Adedeji Adeleke, better known as Davido, while conducting online social listening.
Davido revealed over the weekend that he would contribute N250 million to orphanages across Nigeria.
Taking advantage of Davido’s generosity, a bunch of fraudsters created a viral advertorial titled “Davido Airtime and Data Giveaway,” stating that Davido is “giving out free 5K Airtime and 10GB Internet data of all networks” to commemorate his birthday.
The general population is invited to hurry and collect the present by clicking on the links that reportedly connect them to network sites where they will be credited with airtime and data, according to the advertorial. This is a rip-off.
The NCC’s director of public affairs, Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, issued a statement advising “teeming telecom consumers to have nothing to do with the advertisement or any similar false 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.” the statement read
In other news, Nigerian musician, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun who is known in music circles as Wizkid has bagged two awards as nominations list for the 2022 Grammy Awards is released.
The list was released today and the award-winning Afrobeat sensation was nominated for the Best Global Music Performance with is his “Essence” which features Tems and the Best Global Music Album with his Made in Lagos(Deluxe) album.
So far, he has a total of four career nominations and he has also become the most nominated Nigerian artist in Grammy history.
The 64th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony is will take place on January 31, 2022.
This comes after he became the most decorated Afrobeats artiste of all time after he won three awards at the 2021 edition of the All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA).
The event was held on Sunday, November 21 in Lagos, and the ESSENCE hitmaker won the Artiste of the Year, Song of the Year, and Collaboration of the Year awards.
After the win, his fans have taken to social media to eulogize him. Check some of the reactions below;
@barbiemichice – Congrats @wizkidayo for winning best collaboration of year #AFRIMA2021 come let’s collab Wizkid Zany faceSee-no-evil monkey nobody has to know, Wizkid Fc!!! We’ve got so many brag rights
@timlexx – Na nonsense dem do. We deserve that album of the year. Na nonsense una do
@Catchy_Owo – And it’s a hat trick for the one and only @wizkidayo at the #AFRIMA2021 award night ….. Bragging rights no fit leave us alone for this camp ,FC for life
@Modernizguy – Congratulations to @wizkidayo On his Hatrick of Awards at the just concluded #AFRIMA2021