It’s no longer news that the rate of cybercrime in the country has skyrocketed in these recent years. Millions of people have fallen victim, and more are still going to fall victim due to ignorance and in some cases greed.
In a developing country like ours, one of the most prevalent and most painful forms of cybercrime is hacking into the victim’s bank account and withdrawing huge sums of money.
What do we need to know to protect ourselves from losing our hard earned money? What do we need to know so as to sensitize friends and family members concerning this prevalent crime?
Here are a few of them :
- Do not entertain conversations with money doublers online: a lot of money doublers are on different social media applications. They come under the guise of money doubling, bitcoin, flipcash, etc.
Surely a lot of people know about these set of criminals out there, but there are still few unsuspecting individuals who till entertain them. It is best to inform our friends and family members most especially the older generation who are just starting to embrace the internet about these people.
- Do not give your card details to any customer care representative over the phone:
The latest trend for criminals is to pose as customer care representative of banks over the phone and ask for card details of their victims with the claim that something is wrong with their account.
Note that customer service of financial institutions will only carry out maintenance of your account over the counter. We should learn to disregard such calls.
- Disregard all forms of Ponzi scheme offer: Ponzi scheme dealt with a lot of Nigerians a few years back, and it’s back again with a new name and new offers. No matter how the offer might seem it is best, we pay no attention to it. It is easy to get caught up with Ponzi schemes, till it crashes and you lose a huge amount of money.
With that being said it is best we mind our legitimate businesses and jobs that pay us.
Knowledge is power and it cannot be overemphasized, share this knowledge with friends and family members for awareness and to avoid sad stories due to lack of information.