The Federal Government has cautioned Nigerians to beware of the activities of fraudsters claiming to be disbursing Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Survival Fund of N80,000.
A statement issued on Monday by the Coordinator, Project Delivery Office (PDO), MSME Survival Fund Scheme, Tola Adekunle-Johnson, said the fraudsters try to steal from unsuspecting members of the public.
“The fraudsters scam the public under the guise of the MSME Survival Fund Scheme,” he said.
Adekunle-Johnson reiterated that tracks for the Survival Fund have closed, noting that even the initial verification process did not require beneficiaries dropping their account details of individuals as being demanded by fraudsters in the ongoing scam.
The Scheme is also not disbursing the sum of N80,000 or any amount in grant or loan to individuals or businesses as advertised by the fraudsters.
He said: “The public is thereby notified that requests circulated via social media and SMS for people to disclose their account details to benefit from the Survival Fund Scheme is a scam.
“Hence, members of the public should disregard such requests. The public is asked to note that the only valid number for inquiries and information for the Survival Fund Scheme is 07004000500.
“The Scheme is also not disbursing the sum of N80,000 or any amount in grant or loan to individuals or businesses as advertised by the fraudsters.”
Adekule-Johnson also said the committee in charge of the Survival Fund headed by the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Maryam Katagum, has contacted the law enforcement agencies to track and bring the fraudster to justice.
He added that further developments in the implementation of the Survival Fund would be communicated to the public through formal channels established by the steering committee. (NAN)