With the world gradually easing off the Covid-19 pandemic, online transactions have increased and also, this has also spurred an increase in cybercriminals. These fraudulent people have updated their tactics targeting online users who are unsuspecting. Websites are cloned. Below are some of the despicable tactics they do:
Fake Social Media Pages: Using prominent people, they clone their pages and then slide into DM’s of contacts in order to request for donations on false activities. A major example is benevolence, seeking financial support for an orphanage that is non-existent.
Email scams: Creating fake email accounts, they trick consumers into clicking attachments that steal passwords, email addresses and even your bank details.
Fake Texts and Calls: This trick by the cybercriminals is as old as time however, they keep innovating on how they attack their unsuspecting victims. They go as far using a close relative name to reach you.
The above are just a few of the samples of how scammers are taking advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic the world is going through. Therefore, it is very important to learn how to protect yourself from being a victim of these scams.
Here are 5 tips that will keep you safe:
Double check before you click and open that email. Always check the website address and email address. For example, our website is www.firstbanknigeria.com any alteration from this makes the website fake.
That WhatsApp broadcast message with a link should be triple checked. Do not click on any unfamiliar or suspicious links, or comply with requests for sensitive/private information, unless you are 100% sure you can trust the source.
Have a One-Time Password (OTP) app on your phone. A multi-factor authentication is needed.
Your anti-virus software on your phone should be updated everytime to avoid illegal access
Secure your home Wi-Fi network.: Yes, that your home internet can be a target. Change the password and reduce access to it.
Once you feel your system or phone is compromised, call our 24/7 customer care help desk on +234 708 062 5000 or visit FirstContact