Godwin Isenyo, Kaduna
Governor-elect of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, on Wednesday raised the alarm that some fraudsters had been using his name to defraud unsuspecting members of the public across the state and even beyond.
Specifically, spokesman for the governor-elect, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said the impostor created an e-mail address in el-Rufai’s names and criminally demanding money from the public.
According to the governor-elect’s media aide, the fraudster had sent several messages to people, asking them to remit the sum of N150,000 to a Mainstreet Bank Account.
He urged the public to be wary of such dubious elements, warning that his principal never directed anybody to collect money on his behalf.
Though, he said the case had been reported to ‘hotmail’ and the relevant security agencies, Aruwan cautioned the public to take necessary precaution in order not to fall into the trap of the fraudsters.
The statement read in part, “Some fraudster with email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, claiming to be Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, Kaduna State Governor-elect, has sent scam messages, asking people to remit N150,000 to a Mainstreet Bank account.
“This is not only theft of identity but case of fraud, impersonation and total misrepresentation of the person of the Kaduna State Governor-elect, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai.
“We are, by this notice, calling on the general public to disregard any electronic message and others received in this regard. It is criminal and not from the person of the governor-elect.
“The public should not only disregard fraudster(s) impersonating Malam El-Rufai but report (him/her/them) to security agencies or alert the office of the governor-elect for prompt action and onward prosecution.
“This is a clear case of impersonation as the governor-elect will never ask anyone for money in this way. Anyone that receives this kind of email request should know it is not from Malam El-Rufai but from fraudulent elements.
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