The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has warned Nigerians to be wary of fake National Identity Number (NIN) app created by fraudsters to harvest people’s NIN and BVN by default.
NIMC disclosed this via its Twitter handle on Monday when it was educating Nigerians on the difference between the fake and original app.
It tweeted, “This app was not created by NIMC or the federal government, it is run by fraudsters, who are currently harvesting people’s NIN and BVN by default. Protect your data and stop disclosing personal information to unauthorised persons or platforms.”
— NIMC (@nimc_ng) January 11, 2021
What it means
Unsuspecting Nigerians that fell victim to the fraudsters’ antics could get their bank accounts hacked.
How? Fraudsters in conjunction with some greedy bank officials can commit BVN fraud by using your BVN to see and obtain all your Bio-Data and use it to trick you into disclosing those sensitive detail. But once you have master the act of not disclosing them, your bank funds are save.
What you should know
About three weeks ago, NIMC had said that the news of a data breach of the National identity database is ” false, a hoax and of mischievous intent,” according to Nairametrics.
The NIMC disclosed this in a statement signed by Head, Corporate Communications, Kayode Adegoke, after viral posts of a data breach of 37 million records.
It stated, “The NIMC would like to assure the public that there has been no such breaches or incidents. Investigations on the alleged data dump were found to be non-existent.”
NIMC said it investigated the claims and discovered that the database scheme presented by the alleged hackers did not tally with existing scheme of NIMC records.
“The NIMC guarantees the security of the National Identity Database through various layers of security and can assure that no data was breached.”