Fraud­sters dup­ing Face­book users with my name – Audu Ogbe

Daily Trust - - HOME FRONT - By Hus­sein ya­haya

Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Chief Audu Og­beh, has raised the alarm that some im­per­son­ators have been de­fraud­ing Face­book users with his name and pho­to­graphs.

Og­beh in a state­ment by his ad­viser on me­dia & com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Dr. Olukay­ode Oyel­eye, said de­spite sev­eral warn­ings, some im­per­son­ators have con­tin­ued to open fake ac­counts on Face­book in des­per­ate at­tempt to de­fraud un­sus­pect­ing peo­ple.

“An ear­lier state­ment, is­sued on May 3rd, 2017, to warn the pub­lic about this scam is hereby re-em­pha­sised, that Chief Og­beh has no per­sonal Face­book ac­count. Ac­cord­ingly, all Face­book ac­counts in his name are fake,” the state­ment read in part.

The state­ment re­gret­ted that al­though many such fake ac­counts have ear­lier been shut down by Face­book re­peat­edly on the min­is­ter’s re­quest, more have con­tin­ued to spring up, lur­ing peo­ple with phoney of­fers of agri­cul­tural loans, grants and bo­gus or non-ex­is­tent gov­ern­ment pro­grammes, aim­ing at de­fraud­ing the un­sus­pect­ing prospects.

“The only per­sonal so­cial me­dia ac­count Chief Og­beh cur­rently keeps is a ver­i­fied Twitter han­dle: @ AuduOg­beh. The of­fi­cial ver­i­fied Twitter ac­count of the Fed­eral Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment also is @FmardNg,” it said.

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