The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has raised an alarm over the proliferation of fake Twitter accounts masquerading as the genuine Twitter handle of the Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa.
The EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Sunday, identified some of the fake Twitter accounts to include: @AbdurasheedBawa, @AbdulrBawa and @AbdulRashidBawa1.
He added that one of the fake twitter handles: @AbdulRashidBaw1, which was created in February following the appointment of Bawa as EFCC Chair, has witnessed a steady stream of followers, an indication that many have been hoodwinked into believing they were dealing with the EFCC Chair.
“The Commission is alarmed that this prank by unscrupulous elements is unwittingly exposing suspecting citizens to potentially grievous manipulation by fraudsters.
“Against this background, it is imperative to again warn that, these Twitter accounts are fake and have no link whatsoever with Mr. Abdulrasheed Bawa, Executive Chairman, EFCC.
“Those following the fake twitter accounts are therefore doing so at their own risk,” the statement added.
The commission, therefore, warned the promoters of these accounts to desist or face the full wrath of the law.
“In the same vein, the Commission wishes to remind the promoters of the fake Twitter accounts that their actions amount to impersonation or identity theft which is a criminal offence under the Cybercrime (Prohibition, Prevention, Etc.,) Act 2015,” he added.