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The Department of State Services (DSS) has raised the alarm over activities of some unscrupulous elements that clone official websites of some government agencies with the aim of defrauding unsuspecting members of the public.

In a statement in Abuja on Thursday, DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, said there had been instances where the official identities/paraphernalia of certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies were deceptively deployed by these criminals to shortchange vulnerable persons.

He however assured that intense investigation is going on towards unmasking the criminals.

The statement read: “The attention of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been drawn to activities of some unscrupulous elements that clone official websites of some government agencies and use same to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

“Instances abound where the official identities/paraphernalia of certain Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been deceptively deployed by these criminals to short change vulnerable persons.

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“Notably, the Nigeria Social Investment Trust Fund (NSITF) and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have so far suffered the tricks of these fraudsters who use decoys to manipulate their victims.

“This, in the case of NSITF, has resulted in loss of varying sums of money by those promised huge returns on Federal Government’s investments and other poverty alleviation initiatives which ended up as fraudulent Ponzi schemes or money doubling ventures.”

“On the other hand, some persons have also engaged in the illegal sale of NYSC kits and accoutrements to prospective Corps members.

“They also advertise the issuance of medical clearance certificates as well as redeployment of corps members to preferred States for primary assignment on medical, security, marital grounds or other reasons.

“While the DSS is already working with these agencies to identify and apprehend the suspects, the Service enjoins the public and prospective corps members, to be wary and note these fraudulent developments,” he stated, adding the DSS is determined to ensure that those behind such illegalities face the full consequences of their actions.

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