CBN Urges Nigerians To Shun Activities With Unlicensed Financial Operators

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has advised Nigerians to avoid dealing with unlicensed or illegal financial operators in the country through its Financial Services Regulation Coordinating Committee (FSRCC).

The advice was given by the CBN through the FSRCC in a statement posted on its website on Monday.

According to the report, illegal financial operators use extraordinary returns on investments as bait to entice and defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

It also expressed concern about the growing activities of Illegal Financial Operators (IFOs), saying they pose a serious risk to public trust and the stability of the Nigerian financial system.

The CBN statement reads in part, “The FSRCC in its continuing efforts to end the scourge of IFOs in Nigeria, hereby issues the following advisory:

“The general public is advised to refrain from dealing with unlicensed or illegal financial operators, who lure and defraud unsuspecting members of the public by offering extra-ordinary returns on investments as bait.

“Members of the public are advised to visit the websites of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other relevant member agencies of the FSRCC to verify the registration and license status of such companies and schemes before investing in them.

“You are also advised to report any individual or entities suspected to be involved in such nefarious activities to the law enforcement agencies.

”It assured that financial regulatory agencies shall continue to carry out all necessary due diligence before registering or licensing any operator under their regulatory purview.

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