The activities of fraudsters and impersonators on social media once again came to the fore with the alarm on Sunday by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, distancing himself from a Facebook account allegedly operated in his name.
Denouncing the fraudulent act in a statement issued by his Special Adviser (Media and Public Affairs), Turaki Hassan in Abuja, Speaker Dogara alleged that those behind the fake Facebook account were using it to solicit money from unsuspecting members of the public for a non-existing empowerment scheme.
The statement reads: “Attention of the office of the Rt. Hon. Speaker Yakubu Dogara, has been drawn the existence of fake and fraudulent Facebook accounts of Mr. Speaker.
“Reports reaching us indicate that the said Facebook accounts are being used to solicit funds from unsuspecting members of the public.
“The administrators of those accounts are advertising for a so-called empowerment scheme by Mr. Speaker for which unsuspecting applicants are asked to pay certain amount of money as premium to access the scheme.
“We wish to inform the general public that those Facebook accounts that goes with the name ‘Yakubu Dogara’, or ‘Speaker of the House of Representatives’, or any other name associated with the Speaker carrying the Speaker’s pictures are not sanctioned by the Speaker or any of his aides.
“Members of the public should be careful of fraudsters who are using the Speaker’s name and pictures to defraud innocent Nigerians”.