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COVID-19: Be Vigilant Against Criminal Elements, IGP Warns Nigerians

Inspector-Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu has requested Nigerians to be vigilant towards criminally-minded people amid the coronavirus outbreak within the nation.

 

The Inspector-Normal of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has warned Nigerians to be vigilant towards felony components

Adamu additionally requested the residents to take precautionary steps towards some people who would possibly discover the emergency state of affairs created by the Covid-19 pandemic to extend and diversify their felony actions.

In a press release issued on Sunday by the Pressure Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba, the “IGP’s advice is informed by intelligence at the disposal of the Force which suggests that fraud and cybercrime are expected to rise at this time owing to the lockdown emplaced by Government at all levels to contain the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.”

In response to Mba, “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, e-commerce platforms, fake social media accounts and emails claiming to sell and deliver (COVID-19) medical products.”

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The police spokesman famous that the fraudsters use names of outstanding firms concerned within the manufacturing and distribution of this stuff.

Talking additional, Mba defined that victims are then requested to pay by way of financial institution switch.

On methods to stop being a sufferer, the police suggested Nigerians to keep away from opening suspicious emails and clicking on hyperlinks in unrecognized emails and attachments, guarantee correct back-up of on-line and offline information repeatedly and securely, use robust passwords for securing your emails and social media handles.

He additionally desires the residents to maintain their software program up to date, together with antivirus software program, handle their social media settings and to be cautious of scammers who use names of outstanding firms to create fraudulent web sites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails claiming to promote and ship medical merchandise.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC: POLICE ALERT NIGERIANS ON EMERGING CRIME TRENDS
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The Inspector-Normal of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has enjoined members of the general public to stay vigilant and take precautionary actions towards felony components who would possibly discover the emergency state of affairs created by the Covid-19 pandemic to extend and diversify their felony actions.

The IGP’s recommendation is knowledgeable by intelligence on the disposal of the Pressure which means that fraud and cybercrime are anticipated to rise presently owing to the lockdown emplaced by Authorities in any respect ranges to comprise the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. Particularly, intelligence obtained from the INTERPOL Headquarters reveals that scammers in Nigeria and different elements of the globe have begun to create and arrange fraudulent web sites, e-commerce platforms, pretend social media accounts and emails claiming to promote and ship (COVID-19) medical merchandise. In some instances, they use the names of outstanding firms concerned within the manufacturing and distribution of this stuff. Victims are then requested to pay by way of financial institution switch.

The IGP, due to this fact, enjoins the general public to strictly adhere to the next safety ideas:

i.      Keep away from opening suspicious emails and clicking on hyperlinks in unrecognized emails and attachments;
ii.     Guarantee correct back-up of on-line and offline information repeatedly and securely;
iii.    Use robust passwords for securing your emails and social media handles;
iv.     Preserve your software program up to date, together with antivirus software program;
v.      Handle your social media settings and assessment your privateness and safety settings;
vi.     You’re suggested to be cautious of scammers who use names of outstanding firms to create fraudulent web sites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails claiming to promote and ship medical merchandise;
vii.    You’re suggested to disregard and report calls purportedly emanating from a caller who pretends to be a relative presently being handled on the hospital asking you to pay for the price of the medical remedy by transferring cash or by paying money to pretend public well being representatives;
viii.   Don’t open letters or emails associated to the pandemic from unknown individuals who declare to be well being authorities. Usually occasions criminals entry delicate data, steal private data and steal funds of victims by tricking them into connecting to a selected webpage and logging-in with their credentials;
ix.     Be aware of pretend information, deliberate misinformation/disinformation and keep away from circulating untrusted and unverified messages in your social media handles;
x.      Educate your loved ones, particularly your youngsters, about methods to keep secure on-line and offline;
xi.     Should you change into a sufferer, guarantee immediate report back to the police.

In opposition to the foregoing, the IGP has positioned the Commissioner of Police answerable for the Interpol Nationwide Central Bureau (NCB), Abuja – Nigeria on pink alert. The NCB which homes the cybercrime unit of the Pressure shall within the coming days and past work intently with different Interpol member states throughout the globe significantly to hold out intense monitoring of the web freeway in essentially the most legit and moral method. That is to engender concerted efforts in cracking down on any particular person or all types of organized felony gangs which will need to reap the benefits of the Covid-19 pandemic to perpetrate crimes.

The Pressure additionally enjoins business financial institution operators to strengthen their on-line banking safety techniques and report promptly any suspected case of fraud and different cybercrime-related actions of their banks.

Whereas reaffirming the dedication of the Nigeria Police Pressure in offering help providers to related businesses saddled with the duty of curbing and containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the IGP assures the general public that the Pressure is unrelenting in clamping down on criminals who could need to reap the benefits of the state of affairs to perpetrate felony acts.

DCP FRANK MBA
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FORCE HEADQUARTERS
ABUJA

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