Scammers are attacking the Federal Ministry of Finance with fraudulent email addresses and free email domains. The Federal Ministry of Finance has gone public to say that it conducts government business using only the Nigerian Internet domain name, this is in a swift move to disarm activities of online fraudsters.
An e-mail disclaimer was issued by the Ministry to create awareness to the public to be wary of fraudulent individuals who target government officials and other high-profile citizens.
The Ministry said its online activities are done using the .ng ccTLD, the Nigerian official Internet domain name and quoted:
If you have received any email from an address that does not end with “@fmf.gov.ng” or “@finance.gov.ng”; if you are referred to website that is not www.fmf.gov.ng or www.finance.gov.ng (this website); it is not a bona fide Federal Ministry of Finance ‘means’ of communication. Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria staff do not use Hotmail or Yahoo Accounts or any other free e-mail service provider for official purposes,
In 2014, the Federal Government of Nigeria unwrapped the “switchto.gov.ng” programme to promote the Nigerian Internet domain name and create a unified messaging platform for the Federal Civil Service. This programme is currently managed by the Ministry of Communications and it is aimed at encouraging the use of Nigeria’s official Internet domain name, the .ng ccTLD for all government online communication business.
The Finance Ministry has also warned citizens that “the Federal Ministry of Finance does not have any overseas branch. It does not include such titles as Wire Transfer Department, Remittance Department, Contract Approval Committees, etc. and that the “the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria will not give out personal information (like phone numbers, official email addresses, fax lines & pagers,) on any of our staff for any reason.”
The disclaimer also states that, “the Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria is a control and management institution. It does not investigate or prosecute offending scammers,” adding that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Nigerian Police Force are in charge of investigating such criminals and should be reached at their respective websites in order to report such cases.
“The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (E.F.C.C.) can be reached at its website www.efccnigeria.org; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or the Nigerian Police Force with website at www.nigeriapolice.org and email webmaster @ nigeriapolice.org are the appropriate authorities mandated by the Federal Government of Nigeria, to deal with such issues. You may forward your e-mail to them for prompt action. The Federal Ministry of Finance, Nigeria is not obliged to respond to any reports or email concerning this,” says the disclaimer.
Furthermore, the Ministry in its disclaimer statement recommended that “since several members of the public receive 419 related e-mail everyday in their mail boxes, we recommend that you delete it and not respond to it. Though these e-mails are fraudulent, several gullible people respond to them with a hope to finally make a fortune. Members of the general public are hereby informed.