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Internet fraud: expert urges customers to beware of ‘Audio’ Sellers



Internet fraud: expert urges customers to beware of ‘Audio’ Sellers

Mr Efe Igbinova, a digital marketing consultant, on Wednesday advised online shoppers to beware of fake sellers also known as ‘Audio’ Sellers who advertise goods they don’t have.

Igbinova, the Managing Director, Harissa Communications gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin.

He said that millions of consumers had their credit cards and bank account details compromised by falling victims to online scammers.

“Social media is filled with brands offering products and services, but there are also fake sellers or what many people now call “audio” sellers.

“These sellers advertise goods they don’t have and receive money from buyers for the goods and then abscond with the buyers money without delivering the goods.”

He said customers should do due diligence when they visit any e-commerce portal or social media page of marketers by reading people’s review of their services and their general acceptability. 

“When we see the products or goods that we intend to buy, we sometimes get carried away with excitement that we fail to do due diligence on the marketers. 

*This is by far the most important aspect of shopping online. 

*Read reviews of what previous buyers are saying about the marketer’s services and make up your mind whether you still want to deal with them or go elsewhere,” Igbinovia said.


Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Ese E. Ekama (NAN)


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Internet fraudster jailed 2 years in Kaduna



Justice Mohammed Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court on Thursday sentenced one Beegu Tyopav to two years term in a correctional facility after he pleaded  guilty to an internet fraud.

Tyopav was prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal Office, on a one-count charge bordering on internet-related fraud.

Justice Tukur, who sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to the charge, gave him an option of N150,000 fine.

Earlier, counsel to EFCC, E. K. Garba, had told the Court that on March 3, Tyopav fraudulently induced one Daniel Osayande, a retiree, to disclose his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) PIN, by impersonating one Godwin Philemon, working with First Bank Plc.

Garba said that when Osayande disclosed the PIN, the accused fraudulently transferred N90,000 from Osayande’s account to his account.

The counsel stated that the offence was contrary to, and punishable under Section 142(1) of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.

In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel prayed the court to sentence the convict accordingly.


Edited By: Gregg Mmaduakolam (NAN)

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Internet fraudster bags 6 months for impersonation



Justice Patricia Ajoku of the Federal High Court, Ibadan, on Thursday sentenced an internet fraudster, Adeshina Adedokun, to six months in prison for impersonating  an American lady.

Ajoku sentenced Adedokun  based on the evidence before her and the plea bargain agreement he entered into with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“This judgment is in line with Section 270 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) that provides for anyone who enters a plea bargain agreement.

“Also, I observe that Adedokun has shown some level of remorse and I think that if given another chance  he might contribute positively to the development of the society.

“Therefore, the convict is sentenced to six months in prison and the sentence starts from the date he was first arrested,” the judge stated.

Earlier, the counsel to the EFCC, Mr Oluwatoyin Oyedunni, told the court that the defendant was arraigned on a one-count charge of impersonation.

Owodunni added that the convict committed the crime in October 2019 in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said the defendant was found with some documents that presented  him as one Celine Gournet from the United States of America in the bid to defraud unsuspecting men who had interest  in marrying her.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 22 (2) (B) of the Cyber Crime Prohibition and Prevention Act, 2015.

Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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COVID- 19 : NGO describes Internet as lifeline during lockdown



A  Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) Paradigm Initiative, on Friday described the Internet as a lifeline for this lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), saying it has enabled children to keep learning.

Adeboye Adegoke, Digital Right Programme Manager, Pl, said during a virtual press conference with the theme “COVID-19 and Our Response”.

He said that vital public health information would also keep circulating during the pandemic.

Adegoke said that the organisation was aware of the impact that COVID-19 was having on lives and more than ever recognise  the importance that the Internet played in this uncertain time.

He said the internet served as a lifeline, which enabled children to continue learning, families and friends to stay connected and vital public health information to keep circulating.

According to him, access to the Internet and its solutions could create healthier and safer communities, reduce vulnerabilities and help build the resilience communities need to navigate the pandemic and be better prepared in the future.

”With this, our response to the pandemic is to move all our Digital Inclusion processes and activities online, working remotely, and leveraging on virtual tools to engage our audience (students).

”Working with youths from underserved communities at this time that the future of work is online can be challenging but we had to give it a positive response to ensure our target audience is not left behind.

‘”The LIFE (Life Skills, ICTs, Financial literacy, and Entrepreneurship) Programme is our pilot programme, designed to train and expose young people in under-served communities to digital skills and technologies.

‘”The team is using creative ways to continue to engage the students by making use of basic tools like WhatsApp, Facebook and the likes,” he said.

Adegoke said that the team also educates the students and their parents on the need to embrace the new development and seek their support, so they would not be left out in the  new development.

The digital right manager said that with physical meetings suspended, courts processes halted and access to legislative houses restricted, the organisation had embraced these realities and was forging ahead.

He said that Paradigm Initiative was monitoring and documenting the concerning cases of human and digital rights violations since the outset of  COVID-19.

According to him, the work of Digital Rights Violation Reporting Platform has started, this will allow people to report cases of digital rights violations.

“The platform will serve to collate cases of violation across the continent and it will allow us and our partners to coordinate best responses.”

He said that the goal was to ensure that no violation goes under the radar and also to create a safe space for citizens to report violations without fear and intimidation.

”Our role in these partnership is to ensure these drafts conform with International human rights standards and that interventions by authorities in respective states or countries leverage digital opportunities to ease communication, learning and other interventions. ”

Also speaking at the conference, Mr Tosin Abolaji, Digital Inclusion Manager, said that the organisation had been busy bridging the digital access gap for underserved youth and communities across Nigeria through the LIFE and Dufuna programme.

The Executive Director, PI, Mr Gbenga Sesan, advised against the use of BVN to facilitate any form of payment during the lockdown.

Sesan said that fraudsters would leverage on such to defraud people of their earnings which might linger to post COVID19.

He, however, advised that whatever policy that would be put in place should be sustained after the pandemic.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that due to the lockdown and social distancing directives, most organisations have resorted to virtual meetings, hence the video conference.


Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)

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Expert tasks FG on improved rural Internet access



Malam Yusuf Bashir, a Communication Technology Expert, has called for improved Internet access for rural communities in the country.

Bashir, Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder, Kaduna ICT Hub (KAD ICT HUB), made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna Monday.

He said that improved nternet access for rural community dwellers had become more necessary with the outbreak of COVID-19.

According to him, rural dwellers will be given a sense of belonging in the emerging digital space if connected to internet services.

“It will enable rural dwellers to access information about business, education, health and others without travelling,” he said.

“Many business transactions, meetings and learning now occur online, virtual meetings significantly save costs on transportation and hotel accommodation,” he said.

Bashir said the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) had crucial roles to play in ensuring that rural areas enjoyed improved access and digital services.

The communication technology expert decried the low level of internet services in rural communities, saying, “nobody should be excluded from the gains available within the digital space”

“Many rural communities are without internet connectivity, it has been observed that connectivity is very slow in the few communities that have services.

“Apart from improving connectivity, access to internet data has remained very expensive and beyond the reach of most rural dwellers,” he said.

He urged the NCC to quickly partner telecom service providers to ensure short term internet services that would enable rural communities to cope with the realities of the moment.

Edited By: Azubuike Okeh/Peter Ejiofor) (NAN)

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