Beware! NCC alerts public on scammers Davido ‘AIRTIME AND DATA GIVEAWAY’ advertorial
Nov. 23, 2021
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has advised Nigerians to be wary of an advertorial claiming that Davido is “giving out free 5K Airtime and 10GB Internet data of All Networks” to celebrate his birthday.
In a statement signed by Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs of the Commission on Tuesday, he said, the NCC had discovered while undertaking online social listening that an ostensibly syndicated group is on the prowl to swindle unsuspecting members of the public, particularly millions of Nigerian telecom consumers, by capitalising on the generosity of David Adedeji Adeleke, widely known as Davido.
Recall that the Nigerian music star, songwriter and producer recently announced he would donate 250 million naira to various orphanage homes across Nigeria.
The Commission however noted further that 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 therefore advised telecom consumers to have nothing to do with the advert or any similar bogus enticements, as 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”.
The Commission explained that “the MSISDN is 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 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”.