National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has called on the public to be carefull of fake apps that claim to help link the National Identity Number (NIN) to SIM cards.

The commission in a tweet wrote that fraudsters may use such apps to harvest people’s NIN and Bank Verification Number.

“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.

NIMC, therefore, advised people to protect their data and stop disclosing personal information to unauthorised platforms.

Meanwhile, Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami, had on Monday morning said NIMC has launched a mobile app to link seven SIM cards to one NIN.

Pantami who spoke during an interview said his Ministry: “…developed an app, when you go online, you will see it. That app, as long as you have your NIMC number, you will only download it without visiting any office.

“You will be able to link up to seven SIM numbers to only one. I have already downloaded the app, launched the app, and already linked some of my numbers immediately. This is part of digitalisation.”