The Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment on Thursday warned entrepreneurs against patronising a faceless group that goes about defrauding entrepreneurs under the guise of assisting them with loans.
The Special Adviser on Media to the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr. Babajide Iletogun, said the group is operating through a scheme tagged, “Federal Government 2017 empowerment loan for entrepreneur (Nation Wide),” to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
He said in a statement that they use an electronic mail that is cloned with the name of the ministry to ask prospective applicants to pay certain amount of money to register for the loan application.
It reads in part, “Our attention has again been drawn to the unscrupulous attempt by certain individuals who are bent on defrauding the unsuspecting public by inviting application for loan for entrepreneur.
“The faceless group has phone number 08039505131 serving as front, with firstname.lastname@example.org as their email address.
“We want to restate that the ministry does not have any such programme and is not in any way connected with the advert.
“All relevant information about the ministry are available on the website http://www.fmiti.gov.ng
“The general public is hereby advised to disregard the offer.”