Scammers tried to ride on Davido’s viral fundraising appeal — Quartz Africa


Afrobeats star Davido raised over $400,000 last week by making Instagram videos in which he asked friends and fellow artists to send him money. The 29-year-old apparently started the stunt to clear a Rolls-Royce car from a port but ended up adding his money to the proceeds to pool $600,000 for charitable causes in Nigeria.

In an attempt to get a slice of the viral moment, scammers have sent text messages promising 10 gigabytes of data and $10 in airtime to Nigerians supposedly on Davido’s behalf, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the telecoms industry regulator.

“This is a scam,” the NCC said on Nov. 23, describing the sting as “social engineering rip-offs designed to get people’s MSISDN and other information that fraudsters can use later to defraud unsuspecting telecom consumers and members of the public.”  The messages contain links that supposedly redirect to websites where users would receive the promised airtime…

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