- The DSS have raised an alarm over some elements who clone official websites of some government agencies
- The DSS says the knock-off websites have been deceptively deployed by the criminals to short change vulnerable persons
- The secret police, however, said it is already working with these agencies to identify and apprehend the suspects
The Department of State Services (DSS) have raised an alarm over some elements who clone official websites of some government agencies and use same to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
According to a statement by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, the DSS said instances abound where the official identities/paraphernalia of certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been deceptively deployed by the criminals to short change vulnerable persons.
Afunanya said the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have so far suffered the tricks of the fraudsters.
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In the case of NSITF, victims lost varying sums of money by falling for fake federal government’s investments and other poverty alleviation initiatives.
On the other hand, some persons have also engaged in the illegal sale of NYSC kits and accouterments to prospective Corps members.
“They also advertise the issuance of medical clearance certificates as well as redeployment of corps members to preferred States for primary assignment on medical, security, marital grounds or other reasons,” the statement read in part.
The DSS said it is already working with these agencies to identify and apprehend the suspects, the service enjoins the public and prospective corps members, to be wary and note these fraudulent developments.
“As the service continues to track these criminals, those with intent to engage in similar acts are hereby warned to desist from this illegality or be brought to face the full consequences of their actions.
“The public is advised to exercise restraint in dealing with unknown or unconfirmed persons and groups or at least, make efforts to verify information from relevant authorities and agencies,” the DSS said.
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Meanwhile, a recent media report revealed that the DSS has cleared 21 ministerial nominees to be part of President Muhammadu Buhari's cabinet.
A security source quoted in the report said the vetting is being done discreetly so as not to politicse the process.
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