The police said in Abuja that it has begun investigations into the activities of a company, posing as its agent and circulating unsolicited Short Message Service (SMS) to the public.
This is contained in a statement issued and signed by CSP Frank Mba, the Deputy Force Public Relations Officer. The statement said that the investigation was to establish the identity of the company circulating such “spurious and suspicious?? messages.
It said that some of the SMSs requested the public to dial a short code to obtain information on general and specific security issues and other things. One of the messages currently in circulation reads: “The Nigeria Police is aware of fake men, posing as real policemen! Avoid falling prey.  Dial 7411 now to get ways of identifying real policemen. “Call charges, N50 per minute,?? it said.
The statement said the company also encouraged people to reach it in case of emergency/distress and also pass confidential information through them to the Nigeria Police.
“The Force wishes to alert the public to also note that most of the information being provided by this organisation about the Nigeria Police is false and totally misleading,?? it said.
The statement maintained that the act had the capacity to undermine national security, the image of the police as well as current efforts at combating criminality.
It added that the act was calculated to defraud the unsuspecting public of their hard earned income through the exorbitant charge of N50 per minute.
“Members of the public are, therefore, advised to refrain from relating with this organisation or responding to GSM messages and other online publications emanating from them regarding the Nigeria Police Force.
“Citizens in distress should call the local Police phone numbers, while anyone with credible information should provide same to a Senior Police Officer at Police station closest to him.
“Members of the public are further requested to visit www.npf.gov.ng for any information or clarification regarding the Nigeria Police Force, which is provided at no cost to the public,” the statement added.

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