The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has warned the public to beware of unscrupulous persons who are creating fake social media accounts with the name of top officials of the territory with intent to lure unsuspecting people into phantom contract deals or fake employment offers.
Dr Jumai Ahmadu, Director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement, FCTA, issued the warning on Thursday in Abuja.
The warning, she said, followed observations that fraudsters had in the last 24 hours, opened two LinkedIn accounts using the names of staffers of the FCTA, all with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
“One of such accounts was created in the name of the Permanent Secretary, Mr Adesola Olusade.
“Another bore the name of the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Mr Shehu Ahmed,” she said.
Ahmadu said that neither the permanent secretary nor the executive secretary had a LinkedIn account.
She urged the public to desist from responding to calls for tenders or employment openings in FCTA through the social media accounts.
The director added that the government had well established procurement and employment processes which were not publicised through social media.
She said that security agencies were in the process of unveiling the perpetrators of the felonious act.
Ahmadu however urged the public to take caution and not to fall prey to the scammers.