NCC raises the alarm over cloned Facebook account

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned the general public, especially telecoms consumers to disregard a fraudulent and cloned Facebook profile account opened with a name similar to the Commission’s official name on the social media site.

The telecoms regulator in a statement released today said: “The Commission, upon detecting the fake Facebook account with the name “NIGERIA COMMUNICATION COMMISSION OFFICIAL WEBSITE”, deems it fit to inform members of the public that this account is fake and fraudulent.

“From our findings, the fake Facebook group account was created a year ago and has since amassed followership who, the Commission believes, must have inadvertently signed on to the site.”

The NCC described it as a typical case of profile cloning, which represents a severe security issue in social media networks. This, the Commission said, is often used to create a fake profile identical to an original one, for the purpose of misleading the unsuspecting general public.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the official and authentic Facebook account of the Commission is: ‘NIGERIAN COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION’ with over 181,580 followers. The Commission strongly advises Nigerian citizens and all telecom consumers to beware of this fraudulent Facebook account as the NCC has no affiliation with it,” NCC stated.

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