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NIMC not offering N10,000, 5GB data to old sim users

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Claim: a certain website claims that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is offering  N10, 000 and 5GB as a reward program for those who have been using their SIM cards for more than three months. 

The claim circulating on WhatsApp that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is offering  N10, 000 and 5GB as a verification reward program for those who have been using their SIM cards for more than three months is false. The commission has confirmed that it’s false and the website has been verified to be fraudulent. 

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The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) operates and regulates matters of national identity in Nigeria with services covering National Identification Number (NIN) enrolment and issuance, National e-ID card issuance, identity verification as well as data harmonization and authentication.  The National Identification Number (NIN) is a set of numbers assigned to individuals in Nigeria to identify them as bonafide citizens. Since the government announced the compulsory linkage of NIN numbers to mobile SIM cards, NIN registration centers have been witnessing a massive turnout of people who are yet to register.  As a result, telecommunications companies have also been licensed to register people who do not have National Identity Numbers (NIN) to reduce the enormous crowds at the offices of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC). 

This reality has accrued a preponderant influence on NIN registration that most news about it now easily grasp public attention. Parallel to this eventuality is a lingering website on WhatsApp that claims to offer N10,000 and 5GB worth of data as NIN verification reward programs to persons whose SIM cards have been in use for the past three months. 

Shared multiple times on different WhatsApp groups, the information transits as a web-based message with the outline: 

“NIN VERIFICATION

Check if Your number has

been chosen by NIN to receive 5GB

As part of the Verification REWARD Program For Who has been using the SIM for

more than three months 

FOR ALL NETWORK USERS 

Deadline:30-01-2021″

Click https://nin-5gb-offer.online

After clicking the provided link, the user is redirected to a page that requests the user’s phone number to verify eligibility.

Subsequently, after the user has provided a phone number, a new page is shown with three steps that demand completion before the user can claim the gift. The instructions read: 

Congratulations, you are listed to receive a cash prize of 5GB and ₦10,000 free! 

How to earn your cash prize? 

1. To get 5GB from NIN, First click the green button “WHATSAPP” and send this information to 12 groups on WhatsApp! 

2. After sending the message, you will go to the next step where you will be able to get the data and money sent to your Mobile for 2 minutes.

Send to groups

Recently, DUBAWA has conducted multiple analyses on such web-based messages, and most of them turned out to be misleading and fraudulent. As a result of the pre-existing skepticism, DUBAWA subjects this website to scrutiny to verify its genuineness.

Verification

Head of corporate communications, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC), Mr Kayode Adegoke,  confirmed that the claim was false and there is no such thing going on. He said that “the commission is currently not doing anything as such and it’s false. Members of the public should be aware.”  

Furthermore, an analysis of the website on ScamDoc (a web tool that evaluates “digital identities” reliability {email address or website} and provides answers to questions frequently asked by Internet users such as: How to check if a website is reliable or not? How to detect fraudulent emails?) reveals that the domain name is very recent (less than 6 months) with a short life expectancy that is linked to one or more countries known for being used by fraudulent websites.

Analysis from ScamDoc

Even more, the demand by this website that users share the link to groups on WhatsApp reveals it to be Malvertising, a word that blends malware and advertising,  to refer to techniques cybercriminals use to target people covertly. Typically, by buying ad space on trustworthy websites, and although the ads may appear legitimate (as the one under scrutiny), there is a malicious code hidden inside them that redirects users to fraudulent websites or installs malware on their computers or mobile devices.

Conclusion

The information circulating on WhatsApp that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is offering  N10, 000 and 5GB as a verification reward program for those who have been using their SIM cards for more than three months is false. The website is confirmed to be fraudulent and untrustworthy. 

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