Nigeria police warns citizens about fake short-code text messages

The police is currently trying to fish out the persons behind the scam.

The Nigeria Police on Thursday advised Nigerians to refrain from dealing with companies circulating online information/ publications and unsolicited Short Message Services (SMS) via short codes encouraging the public to reach out to them in case of emergency or pass confidential information through them to the Police.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, the Nigeria Police stated that it has not commissioned any person or group to receive distress calls or information on its behalf.

One of these fake SMS currently in circulation reads: “The Nigeria Police is aware of fake men, posing as real policemen! Avoid falling prey. Dial 7411 now to get ways in identifying real Policemen. Call charges N50 per minute.”

Mr. Mba revealed that the police has launched an investigation into the activities of these groups with a view to establishing the persons, institutions and other circumstances surrounding the spurious and suspicious messages.

Emphasizing that this information are false and misleading, he said that the scam is aimed at fleecing innocent Nigerians of their hard earned income by charging N50.00 per minute for call to the “emergency number.”

“The Force wishes the public to also note that most of the information being provided by this organization about the Nigeria Police are false and totally misleading, with the capacity of undermining national security, the image of the Force and current efforts at combating crimes and criminality,” he said

Mr. Mba admonished citizens in distress to call local police mobile numbers while anyone with credible information should provide same to a Senior Police Officer at the nearest police station. He further urged the public to visit www.npf.gov.ng for any information or clarification regarding the Nigeria Police Force, provided at no cost to the public.

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