NCC Warns Telecommunications Consumers Against Cybercriminals – Nigeria – The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and World News

The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned telecom consumers to be aware of the activities of internet scammers and the associated risks to phone users.

The director of the Office of Consumer Affairs on the committee, Mr. Efosa Idehen, who raised concerns about the pervasive threat posed by cyber crooks, especially in the banking system, expressed concern that the An ugly trend has snowballed in the telecommunications sector.

Efosa, who spoke at an awareness workshop yesterday in Kano, tagged: “Shine Your Eyes – No Fall Mugu”, organized by the commission to awaken public awareness, recalled that phones are now the target of criminal elements seeking to defraud unsuspected persons.

In addition, Efosa pointed out that attackers are also targeting telecommunications networks with the aim of accessing consumer information in the database of service providers. The director, represented by his deputy, Hafusat Lawal, warned consumers about the risk inherent in trading SIM cards, unstructured additional service data and electronic payment, among other critical areas susceptible to cybercrime. He stressed that the telecommunications sector is no longer immune to the raging storm.

He cautioned consumers not to open unknown emails or respond to unknown inquiries while urging them not to hesitate to report suspicious proposals to their banks and telecommunications service providers.

The NCC Director explained that efforts and collaboration are being established with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and others. related commissions (ICPC) and other relevant agencies to reduce the threat of fraudsters. .

He reassured on the NCC’s mandate to protect and promote the interests of consumers, adding that the commission would support public awareness and education on telecom fraudsters to guard against prey.

He said: “The development and deployment of robust infrastructure to support innovative technologies and services has undoubtedly positively transformed our socio-economic space. Today, telecommunications consumers are taking advantage of broadband and other services driven by the quest for a digital economy.

“As the telecommunications industry evolves, there is growing concern about the growing trend of fraud perpetrated on telecommunications platforms in key sectors of the Nigerian economy. The threat, which follows widespread acceptance of new methods of mobile money and electronic banking and payment systems, has proven to cost the country enormous sums of money.

“A lot of people have learned the hard way how losing their phone and vital information to fraudsters can lead to a devastating theft of money from their bank accounts. These scammers do this by stealing the identity of the victims – name, address, banking information, which they use to access their victims’ bank accounts.

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