The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned Nigerians and all interested individuals who wish to participate in its recently launched digital currency tagged ‘eNaira’, to beware of fraudsters and fake social media handles purportedly being circulated online. Specifically, the apex bank warned the public to beware of the fraudulent twitter handle; @enaira_cbdc, being promoted by persons of questionable character.
The disclaimer was issued via a circular acknowledged by the Director of corporate communications in CBN, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, and seen by naijabusiness.com.ng.
The apex bank warned that the impostor handle and fraudulent persons have been posting messages related to the eNaira with the intent of wooing unsuspecting Nigerians with claims that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), among other falsities, is disbursing the sum of 50 Billion eNaira currency.
Excerpts of the disclaimer reads: ‘’These impostors are bent on defrauding innocent and unsuspecting members of the public through the links attached to their messages for application to obtain eNaira wallets and become beneficiaries of the said 50 billion eNaira currency. For the avoidance of doubt, the Central of Nigeria (CBN) is not the owner of that twitter handle (@enaira_cbdc) and indeed suspended its presence on Twitter following the Federal Government’s Ban. In effect, the Bank is not disbursing eNaira currency to citizens.
‘’To this end, members of the public are hereby warned to be wary of fraudsters who have resolved to take advantage of unsuspecting Nigerians. Members of the public should always endeavor to seek clarifications on information about the eNaira either by visiting the eNaira website: www.enaira.gov.ng or calling the eNaira contact centre on 080069362472 or visiting any CBN Branch nearest to them. For clarity, the current official social media handles of the eNaira are: www.facebook.com/myenaira; www.instagram.com/myenaira and www.youtube.com/myenaira.
‘’Any suspicious activity by members of the public should be reported to the CBN using email@example.com or to relevant law enforcement agencies.’’
Naijabusiness.com.ng gathered that as at the period of reporting this, the eNaira app is no longer on Google play store, following numerous complaints against the app and ensuing negative reviews.