The Federal Ministry of Finance says it conducts government business using only the Nigerian Internet domain name, in a move to thwart activities of online fraudsters.
This is contained in an e-mail disclaimer issued by the Ministry to create awareness to the public to be wary of fraudulent individuals who target government officials and other high-profile citizens.
According to the financial managers of the Nigerian government, its online activities are done using the .ng ccTLD, the Nigerian official Internet domain name.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]“If you have received any email from an address that does not end with “@fmf.gov.ng” or “@finance.gov.ng”; if you are referred to website that is not www.fmf.gov.ng or www.finance.gov.ng (this website); it is not a bona fide Federal Ministry of Finance ‘means’ of communication. Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria staff do not use Hotmail or Yahoo Accounts or any other free e-mail service provider for official purposes”, according to the statement issued by the government body that manages the finances for the Federal Government of Nigeria.[/quote]“If you have received any email from an address that does not end with “@fmf.gov.ng” or “@finance.gov.ng”; if you are referred to website that is not www.fmf.gov.ng or www.finance.gov.ng (this website); it is not a bona fide Federal Ministry of Finance ‘means’ of communication. Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria staff do not use Hotmail or Yahoo Accounts or any other free e-mail service provider for official purposes”, according to the statement issued by the government body that manages the finances for the Federal Government of Nigeria.
The Federal Government in 2014 unwrapped the “switchto.gov.ng” programme to promote the Nigerian Internet domain name and create a unified messaging platform for the Federal Civil Service.
The programme was an initiative of the defunct Federal Ministry of Communication Technology (now renamed Ministry of Communications) to encourage the use of Nigeria’s official Internet domain name, the .ng ccTLD for all government online communication business.
In view of the frequent scenarios by fraudulent scammers, the Finance Ministry also warns that whenever citizens wants to ascertain the genuineness of some issues regarding the Ministry, it should be noted that “the Federal Ministry of Finance does not have any overseas branch. It does not include such titles as Wire Transfer Department, Remittance Department, Contract Approval Committees, etc.
Do you want to ascertain the genuineness of someone who may have contacted or met with you?”
The statement says that, “the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria will not give out personal information (like phone numbers, official email addresses, fax lines & pagers,) on any of our staff for any reason.”
According to the disclaimer, “the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria is a control and management institution. It does not investigate or prosecute offending scammers,” adding that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Police Force are in charge of investigating such criminals and should be reached at their respective websites in order to report such cases.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (E.F.C.C.) can be reached at its website www.efccnigeria.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or the Nigerian Police Force with website at www.nigeriapolice.org and email webmaster @ nigeriapolice.org are the appropriate authorities mandated by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to deal with such issues. You may forward your e-mail to them for prompt action. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria is not obliged to respond to any reports or email concerning this,” says the disclaimer.
While noting that it does not maintain accounts for individuals or private companies, the Ministry states that “if you have received memos, faxes, telephone calls, e-mails, etc in respect of any inheritance claim or lottery win purporting to emanate from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria, you must have been contacted by fraudulent scammers. Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria does not keep account of any inheritance or conduct any form of lottery nor engage in transfers of winnings of any lottery in Nigeria or any other country.”
In its recommendations on emails sent by scammers, the disclaimer says that “since several members of the public receive 419 related e-mail everyday in their mail boxes, we recommend that you delete it and not respond to it. Though these e-mails are fraudulent, several gullible people respond to them with a hope to finally make a fortune. Some people go as far as to play along with the scammers with a view that they will eventually obtain enough details to apprehend these scammers.”