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Fashola issues Facebook scam alert to Lagosians

Fashola issues Facebook scam alert to Lagosians
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Lagos State Government has warned residents to be wary of unscrupulous persons who use photographs of Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos in Facebook scam to defraud innocent citizens.

[blockquote right=”pull-right” cite=”Hakeem Bello, Special Adviser on Media to Governor Babatunde Fashola”]One of such information titled, “Disbursement of Subsidy Dividend (SURE-P)” purported to have been issued by the Governor is informing “Citizens that Subsidy proceed is available for Agro and commercial business”, and asking them to “Apply for soft loan with no collateral, zero percent interest rate and flexible terms.” [/blockquote]
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos Satate, who issued the alert through a statement by Hakeem Bello, the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media, said scammers create fake Facebook accounts using the identity of the State’s number one citizen and ascribe fictitious statements to him.

According to the statement, the call became necessary in view of the activities of scammers who have been issuing out series of Facebook comments and information in the name of the governor with the intention of duping unsuspecting members of the public.

The alleged Facebook scammers have been urging citizens to apply for some existing government facilities or utilities meant to benefit the public but to which some agencies of government have been given the responsibility to manage, Bello said.

According to him, such information must be emanating from people out to defraud members of the public. It further warns that government businesses such as home ownership by mortgage and pilgrimage are purely conducted on the authentic websites and other social media outlets managed by agencies of the state government with assigned responsibilities in different areas.

One of such information titled, “Disbursement of Subsidy Dividend (SURE-P)” purported to have been issued by the Governor is informing “Citizens that Subsidy proceed is available for Agro and commercial business”, and asking them to “Apply for soft loan with no collateral, zero percent interest rate and flexible terms.”

While advising citizens to always clarify with the appropriate agencies of government before embarking on any dealings with people purportedly working for the state government, the government warned those involved in the nefarious act to desist or be ready to face the wrath of the law when it catches up with them.

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