Beware of phone calls you receive, apps you open – NCC cautions traders

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has disclosed that there are many fraudulent ways traders and other members of the public can be defrauded online.

The commission advised traders to beware of various online tactics aimed at defrauding them.

The commission made these disclosures during its telecom consumers sensitization program themed “ “Shine Your Eyes- No Fall Mugu” held on Thursday.

The event which was held at Araromi spare parts market in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, had market leaders, NCC officials and representatives of telecoms providers, security agencies and journalists in attendance.

Head of Consumer Affairs Bureau of NCC, Mr. Banji Ojo, while addressing the traders said that there are many ways people can be defrauded online or through telephone conversations.

He advised the traders to be wary of applications they downland and people they communicate with online.

He said the sensitisation became necessary given the various cases of fraudulent activities aimed at defrauding members of the public online by hackers and fraudsters.

“There are many ways to defraud you online. Do not open applications you don’t know. Do not give your password to anyone, even your children.

“It is dangerous to share your information with someone you don’t trust online.

“That is why we are saying that open your eyes and shine your face. No bank will call you to ask you to reveal your bank details on the phone”.

President of the Ibadan Motor Parts Dealers Association, Olanrewaju Maruf Ishola in his remarks, thanked the commission for bringing such an educative program to the market.

“This program is very important. As you can see, our people came out in their numbers to attend. They have listened and have learnt a lot.

“We love the program. It is very helpful. We want to thank the NCC for bringing it to our doorstep. We look forward to having more programs of this kind.”

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