Fraudsters have been using the social media to impersonate the GMD, Austen Oniwon

The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has asked the public to beware of fraudulent persons on the social media parading themselves as Group Managing Director (GMD) of the corporation.

A statement signed by the acting spokesman of the corporation, Fidel Pepple in Abuja on Tuesday, said the dupes had been using the online networks to impersonate the GMD, Austen Oniwon.

It said that the corporation had sought the intervention of the State Security Service (SSS) to curb the development.

“The activities of these criminally minded persons entail the issuance of fake letters on the Internet with the aim of defrauding innocent members of the public including investors within and outside Nigeria.”

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According to the statement, the criminals are taking advantage of the growing popularity and utilisation of the Internet, especially the social media platforms to perpetrate their fraudulent activities.

It lamented the damage done by the activities of the criminals on the reputation of the GMD and the corporation and warned that anyone caught would be dealt with decisively.

“The GMD does not have any account in any of the social media networks like Twitter, Facebook or Linkedln.

“We urge the public to disregard any request allegedly coming from him,” the statement said.

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