Monthly Archives: December, 2008

Kelele, The African Bloggers conference 2009

http://www.kelele.org/

 

What is Kelele?
Kelele is an annual African bloggers’ conference held in a different African city each year and run by an organising committee in that city. Kelele will be held for the first time in August 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Why Kelele?
Kelele is the Kiswahili word for noise. We are organising a gathering of African bloggers in the tradition of historical African societies where everyone has a voice. Where society has room for debate and discussion. With too many voices marginalised or simply ignored in Africa society today for a variety of reasons we believe that technology in general and grassroots media tools such as blogs in particular represent the most powerful way in which to give Africans back their voice. We are gathering in Nairobi in August 2009 to make a powerful, positive, inspirational noise that will be heard across the continent and beyond. KELELE!

The theme of Kelele ’09 Nairobi is Beat Your Drum – we want to connect the traditional Africa method of getting your message across vast distances – the talking drums – to the 21st century and the tools we use today to get our message across, blogs and the Internet. We anticipate that this conference will continue to be called Kelele wherever it is held. For example Kelele Nairobi ’09, Kelele Accra ’10, Kelele Cairo ’11 and so on.

When will Kelele ’09 Nairobi take place?
August 2009. We have tentatively booked the 13th – 16th August 2009.

Here is a summary of the proposed programme:
Day 1 August 13: Arrival in Nairobi and official opening
Day 2 August 14: Conference Day
Day 3 August 15: Skills/Training Day and Outreach Day. Official closing
Day 4 August 16: Sight seeing / departure

Sister events
The African Bloggers Awards, which aims to recognise the top blogger from each African country. The winner from each country will be invited and sponsored to attend Kelele ’09 Nairobi.

Budget
Every successful event needs the backing of some great sponsors! We’d like to invite all organizations with an interest in blogging, Africa and citizen media to become a sponsor of the inaugural African Bloggers Conference: Kelele!

There are a variety of ways that you can become involved as a sponsor for Kelele – your contribution doesn’t only need to be financial in nature. If you’d like to find out more about the sponsorship opportunities, please email daudi.were AT gmail.com

For more information please contact
General – main @ kelele.org
Daudi Were – daudi AT kelele.org
Erik Hersman – erik AT zungu dotcom
Ndesanjo Macha – ndesanjo AT gmail.com

 

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re – Oyinlola alleges use of own phone number for fraud

The article below is culled from today’s Nigerian Guardian Newspapers. Governor Oyinlola is alerting Nigeria of fraudulent text messages sent from his MTN number, which he didn’t send.

I’ve always felt that there are a lot of dubious staff of GSM companies in Nigeria who aid and abet crime, defrauding Nigerians officially. They know the in/out of how things are supposed to work technically and would rather use their know-how for fraudulent purposes. Talk about Brain Drain, no wonder Nigeria isn’t progressing. Talk about engineers misusing their own technical skills.

Anyway, its very surprising that the Governors Phone number is actually stated and published with the article. The Nigerian Guardian Newspapers could at least have omitted such for the sake of privacy. Now the whole world knows what Governor Oyinlola’s phone number is, and all his political opponents can contact him directly. Besides pranksters can also get their groove on in a better dimension.

Could the number 08034040527 be one of those special numbers on the MTN network? how about trying the next sequential number 08034040528.

What I’m trying to say is: The Governor’s number should not have been published in the Newspapers. One day we will know what Yar ‘Adua’s GSM line is.

Oyinlola alleges use of own phone number for fraud
From Tunji Omofoye, Osogbo

GOVERNOR Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State has alerted the public on the activities of suspected fraudsters attempting to use his mobile phone numbers to dupe innocent citizens.

Consequently, detectives are said to be on the trail of the suspected conmen using the governor’s phone number to extort money from the state Accountant General (AG) and some banks.

A statement from the Governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Lasisi Olagunju, advised members of the public, including corporate organisations not to transact any business with anybody using any of his telephone numbers or those of his aides without clearing it with the governor in person.

The suspected fraudsters according to Lasisi, had last week Tuesday sent text messages to the State Accountant General using the Governor’s MTN No-08034040527 asking him to pay a sum of N15 million into bank accounts in Afribank and the United Bank for Africa (UBA).

He said the first text message by the suspected fraudsters reads: “A.G, make a cash deposit of N15 million in favour of MORRIS DAVID NIG. ENT. Afribank, 2086303335616 and Anthony Ejieji, UBA 00220520135918.Split seven and eight million respectively and ensure utmost confidentiality and act very urgently- Governor”.

The text was said to have been followed hours later by two others from the same MTN number querying the Accountant General on his refusal to promptly effect the deposit.

“What is the delay for? Do the deposit and get back to me. I will talk to you later in the evening concerning this- Governor”, the second text message was quoted as saying.

Apparently disturbed by the recalcitrance of the Accountant General, the conmen were said to have sent another message which reads, “Why the delay? Do the deposit and text me. I will talk to you in the evening- Governor.”

Still unrelenting, the suspected fraudsters again on Sunday, December 28 sent another text message using the same governor’s phone number to an Executive Director of WEMA Bank Plc demanding that he should pay some money into Bank PHB Account No 124200001979 said to belong to one Edward Duru E.

Lasisi, who said the matter had been duly reported to the law enforcement agents for appropriate action, urged the public not to honour any message emanating from any of the governor’s phone numbers without seeking confirmation from him or his aides.

source: click here

MTN Fraud Alert – mtnwin.t35.com is a Fraud, don’t fall for it

mtn fraud alert

 

FRAUD ALERT!!!!!!!

Hey people, beware.

You might get a text message from an MTN number saying you have won NGN1-million Naira etc., and directing you to fill up your name, email address, phone number, bank account number, and directing you to the URL: http://mtnwin.t35.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A FRAUD. DON’T DO IT, UNLESS YOUR ACCOUNT MAY BE CLEANED OUT.

The first page would instruct you to enter your verification code which is a 5-digit number starting with capital letter ‘C’, inclusive in the text message, example: C12345. Hitting the ‘next’ button will bring you to the page above,  that looks like the above picture.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE IS A FRAUD. THIS POST IS TELLING YOU TO BE CAREFUL AND DO NOT REPLY OR FILL UP YOUR NAME/ACCOUNT DETAILS IN THE WEBSITE ABOVE.

If the guys at www.mtnwin.t35.com cannot clear your account, they will make your email address their depository for 419 scam emails.

The funny thing is that regardless of the 5-digit number you enter at their ‘Verification’ page, you will be given the next page(above), meaning that all 5-digit number combinations work as far as the stupid guys at ‘mtnwin’ are concerned.

http://www.mtnwin.t35.com is hosted by http://www.t35.com/ as a subdomain. T35.com is a webhosting company registered by namecheap.com. Check out their complete details at domaintools, click here. The Ip address of t35.com is 69.10.32.154, while mtnwin.t35.com is 66.45.237.219.

I hope that after all this my research, someone from the domain hosting company(t35.com) will stumble on this weblog and yank away mtnwin.t35.com.

Another funny thing about mtnwin is that all the links on their page link back to the main MTN-Nigeria webpages, using their(MTN Nigeria’s) IP address: 41.220.77.191, info here.

I think I have said enough. Don’t fill up any of your own information at http://www.mtnwin.t35.com. A word is enough for the wise.

And perhaps our guys at mtnwin have insiders in Nigerian banks who are doing their dirty jobs for them….just a thought. After supplying your account number, at least they need someone from the inside to help clean out your account.

Beware.

For your information, I am here posting official MTN Fraud Alert:

MTN Fraud Disclaimer

SMS SCHEMES

Subscribers receive text messages purportedly from MTN where they are informed of winnings and asked to contact a number to claim their prizes.
HOW WINNERS OF MTN PROMOTIONS ARE NOTIFIED

  • A winner will receive a call from an MTNN staff informing them of their winning and how to redeem their prize
  • A list of winners will be published in at least one national daily and on http://www.mtnonline.com
  • MTN will at no time ask you to part with valuable, (cash or recharge card) before you can redeem your prize
  • All you need to redeem your prizes are valid ID card and original SIM certificate
  • Prizes can only be redeemed at MTN offices or Service Centres
  • Do not meet with anyone parading themselves as MTNN staff or agents outside MTNN office or service centres
  • MTNN will not be liable for any losses or injury occasioned to subscribers as a result of responding to fraudulent notification of winnings
  • For further equiries, please call 180 or visit http://www.mtnonline.com

RECRUITMENT SCHEMES Job seekers are asked to pay a fee and are assured of jobs with MTNN or MTN group if they make the payment. Sometimes, they are sent letters of employment purportedly from MTNN and asked to pay some fees for processing of work permits and other licenses.

  • The contact addresses and phone numbers contained in such emails and letters and posted on such web-sites are not authentic or related to MTN Nigeria.
  • MTN Nigeria dissociates itself entirely from any of the emails and web-sites described above.
  • Advertisements for positions within MTN Nigeria are usually made in the national newspapers and/or on the career page of the MTN Nigeria official website at http://www.mtnonline.com/careers.
  • In the event that you receive any of the emails described above, we advise that you take the following steps:
  1. Do not respond to such unsolicited offers from people you are unfamiliar with.
  2. Do not disclose your personal/financial details to anyone you do not know.
  3. Where applicable, contact the Nigerian Embassy in your country. You may in addition also refer such mails to your country’s Embassy/High Commission in Nigeria for investigation.
  4. Finally, for scam mails purportedly emanating from or related to MTN Nigeria, we advise that you contact the following for confirmation

JOB OPPORTUNITY SCHEMES

“MTN has also been informed that certain emails received by members of the public, and advertisements posted on some job web-sites have promised job-seekers positions in MTN Nigeria. Some of these emails and web-sites promise that upon payment of a fee and the receipt of the recipients’ curriculum vitae, the recipients are assured jobs with MTN Nigeria or within the MTN Group. The contact addresses and phone numbers contained in such emails and posted on such web-sites are not authentic or related to MTN Nigeria. MTN Nigeria dissociates itself entirely from any of the emails and web-sites described above.
We believe they are part of an attempt to perpetrate fraud on un-suspecting members of the public. Advertisements for positions within MTN Nigeria are usually made in the national newspapers and/or on the career page of the MTN Nigeria official website at http://www.mtnonline.com/careers.
In the event that you receive any of the emails described above, we advise that you take the following steps:

  1. Do not respond to such unsolicited offers from people you are unfamiliar with.
  2. Do not disclose your personal/financial details to anyone you do not know.
  3. Where applicable, contact the Nigerian Embassy in your country. You may in addition also refer such mails to your country’s Embassy/High Commission in Nigeria for investigation.
  4. Finally, for scam mails purportedly emanating from or related to MTN Nigeria, we advise that you contact the following for confirmation –

MTN Nigeria Corporate Office,
Golden Plaza,
7th Floor, Falomo, Ikoyi Lagos.
Email: mtnbusinessfraud@mtnnigeria.net.
Tel. +234 (0)8032005500”