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Cyberfraud: EFCC alerts Nigerian consumers to increasing phishing activities

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*The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission warns digital consumers to be aware of an alarming rise in phishing cum fraudulent activities targeting unsuspecting individuals and organisations across various digital platforms, urging Nigerians to promptly report any suspected phishing attempt or fraudulent activity to its nearest Zonal Command, or the nearest law enforcement agency

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

In a move to protect Nigerian consumers against rising phishing activities and fraudulent schemes in the digital space, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has warned the general public to be aware of an alarming rise in such dubious activities targeting unsuspecting individuals and organisations across various digital platforms.

Dele Oyewale, Head of Media and Publicity at EFCC, who said this in a statement, noted that in recent months, the anti-graft regulatory Commission has observed a major increase in fraudulent schemes.

The EFCC stated these deceitful activities are usually designed to deceive individuals into disclosing sensitive personal information, including financial details, through deceptive e-mails, text messages (SMS), social media messengers, and fake Web sites.

The Commission also explained the phishing perpetrators in the country’s digital ecosystem often impersonate reputable organisations, financial institutions, or government agencies, while they exploit the trust of their victims for illicit gains.

Oyewale further stated: “The EFCC emphasises the critical importance of vigilance and caution when encountering unsolicited communications or unfamiliar links, especially those requesting sensitive information or promising financial benefits.

“Individuals must verify the authenticity of any communication (message) or Web site before divulging personal details or engaging in financial transactions.”

The statement noted the Commission urged the public to promptly report any suspected phishing attempt or fraudulent activity to its nearest Zonal Command, or the nearest law enforcement agency.

It added: “Timely reporting enables swift action to be taken to disrupt criminal operations and protect potential victims from financial losses and identity theft.”

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