The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has alerted Nigerians about the activities of fraudsters who have been going round impersonating some principal officers of the Bank in an attempt to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
In a statement today, Thursday, the apex bank’s communications strategist, Isaac Okorafor expressed particular concern over the recent message sent from an e-mail purportedly belonging to the Deputy Governor, Corporate Services, Edward Lametek Adamu, transacting a phony business deal.
“We wish to inform all members of the public, particularly members of the social media community that officials of the CBN do not communicate with emails outside the @cbn.gov.ngdomain.
“No principal officer of the Bank will transact business or ask you to transact business with any other platform outside those ending with @cbn.gov.ng.
“The CBN also wishes to warn the public that it will not be liable for any financial transaction which may have transpired between people and scammers who have created emails or social media accounts in the name of principal officers of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Central Bank of Nigeria maintains only the social media platforms as listed on the CBN website, www.cbn.gov.ng
“If in doubt about the authenticity of an email, document or telephone conversation purportedly coming from or on behalf of the CBN, please send an email query firstname.lastname@example.org or call +2347002255226 before taking any action in relation to the correspondence.”
Okorafor said that the apex bank asked members of the public to desist from transacting business with imposters as doing so would be at their own risk.