The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has disowned some fraudulent emails being sent in his name with the email address- firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sagay, in a statement on Friday, urged Nigerians to disregard the email.
The statement read in part, “Please find attached below a ‘419’ e-mail by which a fraudster is attempting to use my name to scam money from innocent but gullible Nigerians.
“Although the clear illiteracy of the scammer should reveal to anyone that I am not the author of the letter, I still feel that Nigerians should be made aware that the e-mail is from a criminal who intends to deprive them of their hard earned money.”
In the scam email, Sagay is quoted of telling contractors that he is in charge of probing government contracts and asking contractors to write him in order to get their money.
The scam email read, “My name is Professor Itse Sagay, Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption Federal Republic of Nigeria. My reason of contacting you is in line with the desire of President Muhammadu Buhari quest to wipe corruption out of the Nigeria system.
“The President, Federal Republic of Nigeria made a promise to the president of the united state of America in his first official visit to USA that all foreign contractors and beneficiaries owned by the Nigeria Government will receive all their funds in his first term in office without further delay.
“Based on this, the President on his return from his USA trip set up this committee of highly respected and non-corrupt elder statesmen which I was made the chairman to look into all files and documents of foreign beneficiaries whom for one reason or other are yet to receive their funds due to high level of corruption in Nigeria.
“Going through the files and documents in our position it shows that you are yet to receive your fund even when it is clear that the said fund belongs to you and haven’t invested huge sum of money in an attempt to get this fund release to you.
“Based on the above mentioned I decide to contact you personally and to inform you that your fund is now ready and all necessary arrangement has been put in place for immediate release of the fund. You are hereby advice to indicate your readiness to get your fund for more advice on how to get your fund, kindly contact me on the following Email email@example.com for more details.”