In the wake of Convid-19 pandemic, the Inspector-Standard of Law enforcement, Mohammed Adamu, has enjoined members of the general public to stay vigilant and take precautionary steps in opposition to legal components.
The IGP mentioned that criminals may well discover the crisis situation produced by the Covid-19 pandemic to maximize and diversify their criminal activities.
In accordance to a assertion by Pressure Professional, DCP Frank Mba, the IGP’s assistance is informed by intelligence at the disposal of the Power which implies that fraud and cybercrime are expected to rise at this time owing to the lock-down emplaced by Governing administration at all levels to contain the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.
Exclusively, intelligence received from the INTERPOL Headquarters reveals that scammers in Nigeria and other components of the globe have started to generate and set up fraudulent web sites, e-commerce platforms, bogus social media accounts and emails professing to provide and provide (covid-19) healthcare solutions. In some scenarios, they use the names of notable businesses associated in the production and distribution of these things. Victims are then requested to pay out by using financial institution transfer.
The IGP therefore enjoins the community to strictly adhere to the subsequent stability tips:
i. Prevent opening suspicious e-mail and clicking on links in unrecognized e-mails and attachments
ii. Assure proper back-up of on line and offline data files often and securely
iii. Use strong passwords for securing your email messages and social media handles
iv. Keep your software program current, which includes antivirus computer software
v. Deal with your social media options and critique your privateness and protection settings
vi. You are advised to be cautious of scammers who use names of well known corporations to create fraudulent web sites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and email messages professing to provide and supply professional medical products and solutions
vii. You are encouraged to overlook and report calls purportedly emanating from a caller who pretends to be a relative at this time currently being addressed at healthcare facility inquiring you to fork out for the value of the professional medical procedure by transferring cash or by shelling out cash to pretend general public health associates
viii. Do not open up letters or e-mail linked to the pandemic from unknown folks who declare to be wellness authorities. Generally times criminals accessibility delicate information and facts,steal personal facts and steal money of victims by tricking them into connecting to a certain webpage and logging-in with their qualifications
ix. Be mindful of phony information, deliberate misinformation/disinformation and avoid circulating untrusted and unverified messages on your social media handles
x. Teach your spouse and children, primarily your kids, about how to stay safe and sound on the web and offline
xi. If you grow to be a sufferer, be certain prompt report to the law enforcement.
Versus the foregoing, the IGP has placed the Commissioner of Law enforcement in cost of the Interpol National Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja – Nigeria on red warn.
The NCB which homes the cybercrime unit of the Force shall in the coming times and past work closely with other Interpol member states throughout the globe specially to carry out intensive monitoring of the online freeway in the most legitimate and moral fashion.
This is to engender concerted efforts in cracking down on any individual or all sorts of arranged felony gangs that may possibly want to take edge of the Covid-19 pandemic to perpetrate crimes.
The Power also enjoins commercial bank operators to strengthen their on the net banking security systems and report promptly any suspected scenario of fraud and other cybercrime connected activities in their banking institutions.
While reaffirming the resolve of the Nigeria Law enforcement Drive in providing assist services to suitable companies saddled with the task of curtailing and that contains the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGP assures the public that the Power is unrelenting in clamping down on criminals who may possibly want to just take gain of the circumstance to perpetrate legal functions.