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INCREASE IN SCAMMERS DURING LOCKDOWN: THE ROLE OF THE EFCC

There has been a rise in the number of fraudsters who are trying to use the Coronavirus pandemic and the giving out of palliative to defraud Nigerians of their money. These fraudsters come with the promise that the Federal Government/State Government is planning to send them a certain sum of money only if they would send their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN).

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) however has played a major role in making sure that Nigerians are however warned to beware of these fraudulent persons and practices so as not to be victims of fraud. This has been done by the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) when he said “do not accept calls from unknown person purporting to be in charge of distribution of palliatives on behalf of the federal government or asking you to send details of your bank account.” He also warned banking sectors and other private financial situations to handle online financial transactions with care and not be unduly alleged of fraud and cybercrime.

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