A post circulating on social media claims that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is giving out free internet data.
The NIMC is an agency that operates and regulates matters of national identity in Nigeria.
The post retrieved from a WhatsApp group on January 27, 2021 directed people to claim the data via a link.
The post reads:
NIN VERIFICATION Check if Your number have been chosen by NIN to receive 5GB As Part of Verification REWARD Program For Who have been using the SIM for more than three months FOR ALL NETWORK USERS Deadline: 30-01-2021 Click:
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is giving out 5GB of data to those who have verified their National Identification Number (NIN).
Checks by the FactCheckHub show that the claim is FALSE.
The FactCheckHub observed that the website attached to the claim is different from the official website of the NIMC.
The official website of the NIMC is https://nimc.gov.ng.
The website in the claim seeks to gain traffic by prompting people to share.
For instance, the first page of the website asked people to click a link to check if they have been selected for the 5GB NIN data.
The following page asked for mobile numbers, after which it directs people to another page asking them to share the post in 12 WhatsApp groups before having access to the data.
The FactCheckHub also reached out to Kayode Adegoke, Head of Corporate Communications, NIMC, who confirmed that the claim is false.
“This is fake,” he replied to The FactCheckHub’s enquiry via a telephone conversation.
In addition, the FactCheckHub had earlier fact-checked and debunked a similar claim asking people to visit a phishing website.
Such claims masquerade as what they are not, usually target topics and areas that a lot of people are interested in, like relief fund, recruitment, free data.
The objective is often geared towards driving traffic to a website – as it often asks for a link to be shared multiple times.
It could also be a survey website getting people to fill out questionnaires under false pretense.
Sometimes such websites are set up to obtain people’s information for nefarious purposes.
In order to avoid falling victims to such false claim, it is important to verify the information by going to the government, institution, agency or company’s social media handles.
A number of such institutions that attract public interest are verified on social media. Such social media handle usually have the website included in the bio.
Google searching information using keywords is another way of verifying claims like this.
The claim that the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is giving out 5GB of data to those who have verified their National Identification Number (NIN) is FALSE.