CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) Scams
Cyber criminals usually take advantage of matters arising to create a false story to enable them defraud unsuspecting consumers. Unfortunately, Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the spread of coronavirus to exploit and play on the fears of consumers.
They are falsely selling coronavirus-related products online, and using fake emails or text messages to try and obtain personal or financial data.
Other scams include phishing emails and phone calls impersonating the Federal Government and the World Health Organisation.
Below, is are examples of such scams,
The Federal Government has ordered weekly payment of allowances to all citizens above the age of 18 for observing the ‘Stay At Home’ directive
The Federal Government has ordered a 100GB FREE INTERNET ACTIVATION
You're then required to complete an online form with your personal information including bank details for the payment to be effected
If you think you have been scammed, you can make a report us via the send a report form, and find more information about where to get help.
How to Identify such scams
- All Government websites are registered with a .GOV.NG Domain, so check to verify if the domain adversed ends with .GOV.NG
- Verify that all Government offers are publicly announced on the official communication channel of the Government body involved.
- Verify that the sender's email address in the mail is registered on a .GOV.NG Domain
- Watchout for Spelling and Grammatical errors in messages and on the website.
How to Protect yourself
- Be aware of fraudulent emails claiming to be from experts saying that they have information about the virus. For the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus, visit the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) page on Coronavirus and the World Health Organization (WHO).
- Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download malwares onto your computer or device.
- Never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for personal or financial details — just press delete or hang up.
- Always keep your computer security up to date with anti-virus and anti-spyware software, and a good firewall. Only buy computer and anti-virus software from a reputable source.