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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has again cautioned Nigerians to be wary of fraudulent activities of scammers.

Acting Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, on Tuesday, warned that faceless elements were circulating “Free N5,000 lockdown funds” messages.

A statement by Tony Orilade, EFCC spokesman, quoted Magu as saying that the claim was being circulated through a phishing link via WhatsApp.

“The link is embedded with a link titled https://bit.ly/free-N5000. Whenever the link is clicked, it would redirect recipients of the message to a phishing website address https://fg-free-funds.blogspot.com.

“Visitors to this fraudulent website will find an online questionnaire from which they must respond to trigger the phishing”, he explained.

Magu assured that the information of the website is being investigated and advised citizens to be careful so as not to fall victim.

The EFCC recently alerted Nigerians of fake cures, donations and charities springing up purporting to offer guidelines on donations to the government.

Magu reiterated the commitment of the EFCC to monitor closely the antics of fraudsters cashing in on the government lockdown directives to perpetrate criminal acts.

“We would not stop bursting every scheme designed to defraud Nigerians of their hard-earned money”, he added.

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