On the 25th of December, I woke up to an SMS from my darling bank Access. As expected, I thought it was a message wishing you a merry Christmas and so, was about to delete it even before reading it.
But to my greatest surprise, it was a debit notification of ₦224 with the narration ‘SMS Alert Fee-24/11-23/12/17. Believe me or not, this is a calculated act of theft. If it costs ₦4 per alert and I am charged ₦224.00 for a month, it simply means I received 56 SMS alerts within the stated period. I am certain that my transactions for that period can’t and wouldn’t have been up to 56 and I want to believe that those charges include even unwanted messages they send me.
My fellow Nigerians, I don’t have the power to argue, I am patiently waiting till next week when banks will resume and I will go deactivate my SMS alert. I encourage you all to do same. We can make do with the free email alerts we receive; besides, having your bank transaction SMS alerts on your phone is not even advisable as anyone can stumble into and at a glance see your account balance.
There is no time for unnecessary extortion and financial wastage come 2018.
Wishing you a prosperous 2018!