The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has called on Nigerians to remain vigilant and take precautionary actions against criminal elements who may explore the emergency situation created by the coronavirus pandemic to increase and diversify their criminal activities.
The IG disclosed this in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, on Sunday in Abuja.
He said the call followed intelligence reports that fraud and cybercrime were expected to rise at this time owing to the lockdown emplaced by government at all levels to contain the spread of coronavirus.
“Intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters shows that scammers in Nigeria and other parts of the globe have begun to create and set up fraudulent websites.
”Such as e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (covid-19) medical products.
“In some cases, they use the names of prominent companies involved in the production and distribution of these items and victims are then asked to pay via bank transfer,” he said.
The IG, therefore, advised the public to avoid opening of suspicious emails and clicking on links in unrecognized emails and attachments.
He urged the public to ensure proper back-up of online and offline files regularly and securely and use strong passwords for securing their emails and social media handles.
He charged commercial banks to strengthen their online banking security systems and ensure prompt report of suspected cases of fraud and other cybercrime. (NAN)