Nigerian Police force
The Nigeria Police Force has issued a public alert warning people about phoney Facebook profiles posing as Senior Police Officers, including DIG Frank Mba, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
The fraudulent accounts were found after a preliminary cyber scan by the Force's Cybercrime Unit.
The warning is being issued on Friday by ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, mnipr, mipra, the Force Public Relations Officer at Force Headquarters in Abuja.
The Nigeria Police Force exhorts the general public to alert the appropriate authorities as soon as they become aware of any suspicious accounts using senior officers' names.
Adejobi said that Investigations will be opened, and those responsible for the impersonations may face legal punishment because the purpose of these false accounts is to trick and maybe swindle gullible people.
"The NPF therefore strongly encourage members of the public to promptly report any suspicious account(s) bearing his name to the appropriate authorities which will initiate thorough investigations, and legal action may be pursued against those responsible for these impersonations, as these fraudulent accounts have been established with the deceptive intent to mislead and potentially defraud unsuspecting individuals."
The NPF emphasises the significance of using caution when coming across such misleading Facebook accounts. It is important to understand that senior police officials don't conduct financial transactions for their own benefit.
Therefore, any solicitations of this sort have to be reported right once because they could be a part of a scam.
The general public is encouraged not to participate in any type of conversation, especially when it involves money or involves requests for money.
It is strongly advised to exercise caution and attentiveness when interacting on social media networks.
Before communicating with any internet identities claiming to be associated with famous people, make sure they are real.
The public's alertness and participation in resolving this issue are sincerely appreciated by the NPF.