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Globacom Shuts Fake Websites, Cautions Subscribers

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Globacom, second national telecom-munications operator, has taken steps to identify fake websites being used by unscrupulous individuals to defraud innocent subscribers through fake promos, in order to protect the interest of its subscribers
To this end, no fewer than 10 such fake websites have been taken down in recent time and more are expected to follow as the company begins to implement series of steps to arrest the menace of these fraudsters.
Some of the sites shut down in the last few weeks are: www.glowinners.t35.com, www.glowinner2009.com, www.gloprize.t35.com, www.glorocknrule.com, www.glomobileng.com, www.online.glopromo.org, www.gloclaim.t35.com, www.glotext555.tk, www.dailywins.t35.com and www.2009anniversary.com.
Many subscribers have been sent sms from fraudulent persons informing them that they won huge sums of money in a Glo promo. They are then advised to visit the fake website to validate their prize. It is on the website that they are lured to part with their bank account details, which the conmen later use to empty their account electronically.
Mrs Gladys Talabi, Globacom’s executive director, Legal Services, said the activities of the fraudsters who operate fake websites have been affecting the image of the company as many subscribers have been lured to these sites and conned of their money.
She added that Globacom had over the last two years been educating its subscribers to be wary of individuals who were out to exploit them on the pretext that it was a Glo promo. She noted however that despite the enormous cost spent on advertising, warning sms and media campaign, many still fall prey to these scammers.
“The growing sophistication of the fraudsters and the uncommon boldness in attempting to perpetrate crimes using the name of Globacom has been a source of worry to us and the situation is made more appalling by the fact that some subscribers are falling prey to their antics”, she said.
“In the past 2 years, we have been warning subscribers through short messages, newspaper adverts and other medium. However, we are worried that this crime seems to be growing rather than abating”, she added.
Mrs Talabi disclosed that the company had to go a step further to save more subscribers from the exploitation of the fraudsters by employing all the necessary machinery to get rid of fake websites being presented to unsuspecting Nigerians as Glo websites. 
“We feel proud to interact with our subscribers, so whenever we need to reach winners in any promo, we call them directly and we encourage them to go directly to our offices in any part of the country where they can confirm if they have won”, she said.
“For the avoidance of doubt”, she explained, “Globacom’s promos are heavily advertised in the media, that is on radio, television and in the papers and also published by newspapers as winners emerge. We do not need to know the bank account details of winners in any promo”.
“We want to use this opportunity once again to caution our subscribers never to respond to any sms claiming to be from Globacom requesting them to go to a website to validate a promo prize or disclose their bank account details. They should instantly delete any such sms. It is certainly from fraudulent people”, she added.




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MTN Launches ‘Visitor SIM’, Designed for Guests Coming into the Country

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MTN Nigeria has announced the introduction of its new Visitor SIM specially designed for guests travelling into the country.

The Visitor SIM comes pre-loaded with an appealing package that includes local and international call and data bundles.

This package will enable people visiting from other countries to stay connected with their friends, family and business associates on MTN’s super-fast network.

MTN VisitorSIMs are easy for inbound international visitors to acquire, activate and use, in addition to which they offer far better value than any roaming tariff.

Not available from any other operator, the service is poised to deliver convenience and the best-in-class customer experience in line with MTN’s brand promise.

According to Adekunle Adebiyi, chief sales and distribution Officer, MTN Nigeria, “The new Visitor SIMs will ensure that before setting foot outside the airport, people visiting Nigeria can plug in, reconnect – to loved ones, associates, tools and information, and begin sharing their remarkable experiences, with no concern about roaming charges.”

 

MTN Visitor SIMs are available in the arrival halls of international airports and other ports of entry.

They are valid for 14 days, which can be extended up to 30 days via MTN’s self-service menus or USSD.


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Nigeria COVID-19 Response: UNICEF, IHS Nigeria Collaborate to Contribute Medical Supplies

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United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) received the delivery of 115,800 COVID-19 test kits to support the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria. These supplies were funded by IHS Nigeria, the Nigerian subsidiary of IHS Towers.

Testing remains the mainstay of the response led by the Presidential Task Force and Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the first step towards diagnosing the infection. Tests enable health officials to understand the COVID-19 status of an individual and link that person to care, support and treatment while contributing to the protection of families and communities.

“Testing remains a core strategy of Nigeria’s response to COVID-19. This is critical for understanding the burden of the disease on our population and targeting our response activities accordingly. The primary goal of the Nigerian Government is to control the spread of this disease.

“This donation from IHS Nigeria through UNICEF will contribute to the national stockpile of test kits managed by NCDC, and support efforts of the growing network of accredited laboratories across the country for the testing of COVID-19. We are grateful for the continued support from UNICEF, IHS Towers and other partners.” said Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC.

IHS Towers has been a strong and continuing partner of UNICEF. At the onset of the coronavirus in Nigeria in late February, IHS Nigeria provided funding to UNICEF to urgently procure essential supplies and equipment with which UNICEF supported the Government of Nigeria in its COVID-19 response.

“UNICEF is deeply appreciative of IHS Towers’ commitment to being a partner in UNICEF’s work in Nigeria. Once more, IHS has shown great generosity in supporting UNICEF’s ongoing efforts to work closely with the Government of Nigeria in the fight against COVID-19.

“I am very delighted to receive this huge contribution from IHS Towers, the benefit of which will reach many more children and their families“, said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Country Representative.

“We are proud to have played an important role in supporting the Government and our communities where we operate to provide crucial tools needed to fight this pandemic. We understand this virus is here to stay for the foreseeable future, but are confident that with our support, and that of our other private sector colleagues, we are helping to manage and mitigate the impact of the virus in our country” said Mohamad Darwish, Chief Executive Officer of IHS Nigeria.

This recent support of essential tests makes IHS Towers the biggest private sector donor for UNICEF Nigeria’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Coca-Cola, Red Cross Society Expand Fight Against COVID-19 In Nigeria

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In a bid to support the fight against the Coronavirus disease, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) along with its national society Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has started the distribution of PPEs and risk communications efforts to the tune of N228 Million to support its COVID-19 interventions in Nigeria.

 

This is part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s $2.5million grant to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the COVID-19 pandemic within the West and Central Africa sub-regions.

The grant, which leverages the long-standing partnership between The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), seeks to support national efforts in the fight against the Coronavirus disease through the provision of essential medical supplies, personal protective equipment (PPE) and risk communications to impacted communities, healthcare personnel on the frontlines and treatment centres across the country.

 

Speaking on the donation, Yebeltal Getachew, managing director, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, explained, “The Coca-Cola System (Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nigeria Bottling Company and Chi Limited) remains committed to providing support to the communities we serve during these challenging times.

 

“By providing healthcare workers with much-needed PPEs, we are confident that this will go a long way in ensuring their safety as they remain on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

 

“Coca-Cola is proud to support the Red Cross as we deliver on our purpose of making a difference across the world”. 

 

Medical supplies being donated comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.

 

Expressing his gratitude for the donation, Abubakar Kende, secretary-general for the Nigerian Red Cross Society explained, “We have identified the facilities in urgent need of these PPEs in consultation with NCDC and the Federal Ministry of Health and will subsequently be distributed to these centres.

 

“This will ensure that treatment centres across the country are properly equipped with necessary PPEs as we continue to fight the disease”. 

IFRC seeks to directly impact the lives of over 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership. For over a century, The Coca-Cola Company and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have sustained a rewarding partnership that has seen the rehabilitation and preservation of human lives across the world through the delivery of humanitarian aid and emergency response to communities affected by disasters.

 

 

 


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