By Jonathan Ugbal
Dr. Linda Ayade, the wife of the Governor of Cross River State has alerted the public over the use of fake social media accounts to deceive the public using her name.
Mrs. Ayade took to Facebook to express her displeasure on Thursday morning where she shared a screen grab of a Facebook account bearing her name and advertising a recruitment exercise for the Nigerian Customs Service.
“I want to alert my friends here on Facebook that my name has repeatedly been used in forged accounts like this very current one here in deceiving the vulnerable into different job scams,” Mrs Ayade wrote a few minutes to 6 O’ clock.
These comes on the heels of a clamor for aides of her husband, Mr. Benedict Ayade to get verified social media handles to prevent the use of fake and parody accounts to spread falsehood and mislead the public.
According to her, steps have been taken in line with the procedure set out by Facebook, but there was need to alert unsuspecting members of the public.
“I am not a customs officer nor an advertiser and have nothing to do with any of this.
“Though this fake account has been reported to Facebook administration as we’ve always done, I thought I should still put it out to enlighten the public here on Facebook who may have bought into it, especially because I have in the past, been reached by some persons who had fallen victim to such previous deception, thinking it was genuinely from me.
“Please, do not part with your money to someone you haven’t met!! Thanks for your time and be cautious in your dealings,” she said.
Mrs. Ayade is an active Facebook user while her husband has come under intense criticism at one point in time when he replied critics claiming that being digital was beyond his ability to utilize the social media sphere.
Mr. Ayade recently came under criticism for not being active on social media. But, he had told CrossRiverWatch in an exclusive interview in 2018 that being digital was beyond his activeness on Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms.
Also, early into his first term in office, Mr. Ayade’s spokesman, Christian Ita had issued a statement alerting the public about fake accounts created with the Governor’s image and name.
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