By Chioma Iruke
The official website of Nigeria’s Apex bank-driven digital currency, eNaira, has been cloned, barely 24 hours after its official launch.
The official website is reported to have recorded over a million hits in less than 24 hours after going live, indicating the level of interest in the digital currency.
The launch has however had a bit of mixed reactions, as the new official digital currency website- www.enaira.com is not registered with the gov.ng domain, which is understandable, given the website’s business purpose, but it also exposes many unwary Nigerians to deception.
A similar domain to the official website has listed its www.enaira.com.ng for sale for N4.2 million, a sign that there might be reports of digital frauds in the coming days.
Note that almost all Nigerian Government sites have cloned versions which refer unsuspecting individuals to non-existent jobs.
According to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) the eNaira would enable users to be able to send money to one another using a linked bank account or credit card; customers will have the ability to transfer money from their bank account to their eNaira wallet with ease; customers will be able to monitor their eNaira wallet, check balances, and view transaction history; and customers will be able to make in-store payments using their eNaira wallet by scanning QR codes.
The Official launch scheduled for October 1, Nigeria’s Independence Day has been postponed till October 4.