BBC News Nigeria, a fake Facebook page of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) is actively dishing out fraudulent content to woo potential preys.
The page, while inviting social media users to its investment, promises double of their investment.
But checks by WikkiTimes showed that the page is a parody account of BBC News as it has zero likes and followers. Also, a video posted on it has a limited view.
Notably, the media organization has about five pages on Facebook — BBC World Service, BBC News Africa, BBC News Igbo, BBC News Yoruba, BBC Hausa and BBC News Pidgin.
However, the parody account are up to four with the same name — BBC News Nigeria.
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In May 2020, Facebook announced that it would monitor pages with suspicious posts to detect scam.
Unveiling a new feature, the platform said it will be watching behind the scenes for scammers using the smartphone communication system.
According to the director of privacy and safety product management Jay Sullivan, safety notices will pop up in Messenger text chats if activity taking place in the background is deemed suspicious by artificial intelligence software.
He added that the new safety feature “will help millions of people avoid potentially harmful interactions and possible scams without compromising their privacy.”