The Federal Government has warned applicants for the MSME Survival Fund to beware of fraudulent websites demanding for account details so that applicants can get N50,000.
This was disclosed in a release made available in Calabar by the Project Delivery Office (the Coordinating office of the scheme) under the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, and titled ‘Portal requesting for beneficiaries account details to get N50, 000 not known to us’.
The PDO is coordinated by the SA to the President on MSMEs, Office of the Vice President, Tola Johnson.
The statement said, “Our attention has been drawn to the activities of fraudsters parading themselves as operators of the Federal Government’s Survival Fund Scheme.
“The syndicate operating a fraudulent portal with the link https://survivalfund-gov-ng.freefunds.xyz/#1609249530133(https://bit.ly/FG-survival-fund) are asking unsuspecting members of the public to check their eligibility for the scheme by providing their account details on the portal in order to be paid N50, 000 grant under the Survival Fund Scheme.
“It is pertinent to note that the Project Delivery Office (the coordinating office of the scheme) does not operate any such portal and beneficiaries do not require to go to the website to verify their eligibility for the federal governments Survival Fund as indicated on the fraudulent portal.
“The website requesting beneficiaries account details is therefore a scam. The PDO does not operate any such portal and wishes to advise all Nigerians and beneficiaries of the different tracks of the survival fund to be wary and desist from having dealings with the operators of the site.”
It said the authentic survival fund portal remained www.survivalfund.gov.ng and as customary with the PDO, members of the public would be informed about updates on the scheme whenever it was necessary.
The MSME Survival Fund is part of the N2.3tn stimulus package of the Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan and introduced to boost the capacity of MSMEs to remain in business.