The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has alerted the members of the public to a fake Facebook account opened in his name.
In a statement by Fashola’s Special Adviser on Communications, Hakeen Bello, the minister said that the fake account, which had his name and picture, was opened by scammers.
“The minister has, on several occasions in the past, disclaimed such fake accounts,” the statement said.
The statement said that the latest fake account set up in the former Lagos State Governor’s name claimed that the Federal Government was giving out the sum of N700,000 to youths and young adults to enable them to pay school fees, set up businesses and invest in businesses, among others.
“All the Nigeria Citozings of All the and Local Government in Nigeria Are Beneficiary of the Federal Government Money Enpwoerment to Empower the Youth to Pay There School,” it read.
“Adult to do Business Etc. Contact Number 08035339533). Good News…To All Nigeria Youth and Adult… Federal Government is Giving Out N700,000 Free Cash Transfer To All To Empower the Youth Further Their Educations, Open Good Business and Learn Good Works.
“Call Adebayo Kola, the Federal Government Cashier on 09035339533. All the Nigerian Citizens of All the States and Local Governments …”
Bello quoted the minister as describing the activities of the scammers as “unfortunate”, wondering why people still fall prey to the scammers “in spite of repeated warnings and disclaimers.”
It advised members of the public to always clarify with the appropriate agencies of government before engaging in any dealings with people purportedly working for them.
It also urged people to report to the law enforcement agencies so that those involved in the nefarious acts could be brought to justice.