By JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has raised the alarm that scammers are on the prowl again, targeting top management of the administration.
Unscrupulous persons create social media accounts in the name of senior staff of the administration, with the intent to employ such accounts to lure unsuspecting members of the public into phantom contract deals or fake employment offers.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen today in Abuja, by the Director, Reform Coordination and Service Improvement FCTA, Dr Jumia Ahmadu.
The statement reads, “In 24 hours, two LinkedIn accounts were opened using the names of staff of the FCTA, all with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.
“One was in the name of the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Adesola Olusade.
“Another bore the name of the Executive Secretary, Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), Engr. Shehu Hadi Ahmed.
“This is to make it abundantly clear that neither the Permanent Secretary Mr Olusade nor the Executive Secretary, FCDA Engr. Ahmed has a LinkedIn account.
“The general public is hereby warned against responding to calls for tenders and/or employment openings in FCTA through the social media.
“It should be well known that government has well established procurement and employment processes which are not publicized through the social media.
“This is a scheme designed only to defraud.
“Reports have been made and security agencies are in the process of unveiling perpetrators of this felonious act.
“Don’t fall prey to scammers.You are warned!!!”, the statement further stated.