The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has warned Nigerians to beware of a website asking individuals to register for their national identification numbers (NIN).
A broadcast message, which has been shared across social media platforms, alongside a link asked Nigerians to register for NIN through the site.
The message noted that the federal government approved of individual registration to avoid crowd at the NIMC centres.
“Federal Government has approved individual NIN registration online to avoid unnecessary crowd in the NIMC centres. Enroll Now. http://bit.ly/NIN-ONLINE-REG,” it reads.
But in a tweet, the NIMC issued a disclaimer saying it is not associated with the website.
“This website/platform is not associated with NIMC. It is run by fraudsters. Protect your personal information, do not become a victim,” the NIMC disclaimer reads.
The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) had asked all telcos to disconnect the SIM cards of persons who have not integrated their NIN with their phone lines.
January 19 was the initial deadline, but it was moved to February 9, and now April 6.
Since the registration commenced, fake platforms have originated, with the NIMC issuing disclaimers at different times.
In January, NIMC warned Nigerians to beware of a fraudulent mobile application used in linking NIM to SIM cards, describing it as a fake platform operated by fraudsters.
On February 1, NIMC also said some “unscrupulous persons” are parading themselves as agents of NIMC to extort money from members of the public.