The Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC on Thursday said that an estimated three million Nigerians lost over N18 billion in the popular Ponzi scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Movement (MMM).
This was revealed at the ongoing 38th Kaduna International Trade Fair by the Managing Director of the Corporation, Alhaji Umaru Ibrahim.
Ibrahim noted that despite repeated warnings by regulatory bodies, such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, the Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, the nation’s anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Nigerians still decided to patronise MMM.
Represented by the Deputy Director Corporate Affairs, Hadi Suleiman, the MD emphasised that the creation, usage or trading in the Phonzi scheme in forms of virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin, Ripples, Monero, Litecoin,Dogecoin and Onecoin as currencies for medium of exchange are Internet-based transactions and are not authorised by the CBN due to the risks involved in their operations.
He cautioned that any person or groups of persons who invest their money in the Phonzi scheme does so at their own risk.
He added, “The Ponzi scheme is the phenomenon of illegal fund managers, popularly called “Wonder Banks” which have continued to defraud unsuspecting members of the public of their hard earned money. This phenomenon has been a source for concern because despite our repeated warnings over the years, some members of the public have continued to fall victims of their fraudulent practices.
“We would like to reiterate the fact that these fund managers are illegal as they are neither licences by the CBN to take deposits from members of the public not are those who patronise them covered by the NDIC deposit insurance scheme. I want to also draw the attention of some cooperative society which often go beyond their primary mandate by accepting contributions from members as cooperative societies are only recognised to mobilise savings from their members. “