Stop using my name to dupe people on Facebook, minister warns fraudsters
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh, has warned those fraudsters who used his name and photographs on Facebook to defraud people.
The minister raised the alarm in a statement by his adviser on media & communications, Dr. Olukayode Oyeleye, said despite several warnings, some impersonators have continued to open fake accounts on Facebook in desperate attempt to defraud unsuspecting people.
“An earlier statement, issued on May 3rd, 2017, to warn the public about this scam is hereby re-emphasised, that Chief Ogbeh has no personal Facebook account. Accordingly, all Facebook accounts in his name are fake,” the statement read in part.
The statement regretted that although many such fake accounts have earlier been shut down by Facebook repeatedly on the minister’s request, more have continued to spring up, luring people with phoney offers of agricultural loans, grants and bogus or non-existent government programmes, aiming at defrauding the unsuspecting prospects.
“The only personal social media account Chief Ogbeh currently keeps is a verified Twitter handle: @AuduOgbeh. The official verified Twitter account of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development also is @FmardNg,”