CLAIM: A mobile application claiming to link the National Identity Number (NIN) to Subscribers’ Identification Module (SIM) cards is trending online.
Creators of the App claimed it helps solve the problem of having to remember all networks USSD codes and how to register for NIN and SIM cards, how to verify your NIN number among others. It specifically create ease of registration for MTN, Glo, 9Mobile and Airtel SIM cards and linking or connecting these networks to users NIN for all Nigerians.
The mobile App for the linking of individual NIN to mobile numbers is not from the Federal Government Approved agency, National Identification Management Commission (NIMC).
Checks by the CDD show that the NIMC has also warned the public to beware of the App that claims to help link the NIN to SIM cards.
“The App was not created by NIMC or the Federal Government of Nigeria. It is run by fraudsters who are currently harvesting people’s NINs and BVNs by default,” NIMC said.
Further verification on the App also shows that it does not independently work without using the already assigned USSD codes from the service providers. Our fact-checkers believe it can easily be used to gather user data by downloading and inputing one’s moblile number.
The trending mobile app on google store which claims to help mobile subscribers link their SIM cards to their NIN is not from NIMC.
CDD urges the media on accurate reporting and the public to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.
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