The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has raised the alarm over what it describes as attempts by fraudsters to harvest the National Identification Number (NIN) and Bank Verification Number (BVN) of Nigerians through a fake NIN App.
NIMC made this known via its Twitter handle on Monday as part of moves to educate Nigerians on the difference between the fake App and NIMC’s Mobile App.
“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,” it tweeted.
Earlier, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami had approved the development and release of an improved National Identity Number (NIN) slip and a Mobile App.
According to Pantami, the NIMC Mobile App,which he said was available for use,provides a secure channel for all Nigerians and legal residents to easily verify and authenticate their identities on-the-go using smartphones.
“The app, also enables them to link the NIN to their phone numbers. The development of the App and other tools to support the National Identity Number (NIN) process align with the National Digital Economy Policy for a Digital Nigeria.
“The App offers a built-in harmonization process that allows for its use across other government services including the NCC, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Federal Road Safety Commission and National Health Insurance Scheme, to mention a few,” he said.