Nigerian Communications Fee, NCC, has alerted Nigerians of the growing incidents of fraud throughout social media platforms.
That is according to the NCC features and aims underneath the Nigerian Communications Act (NCA) 2003, to advertise and shield the pursuits of telecom shoppers.
The NCC, in an announcement signed by Dr. Ikechukwu Adinde, Director, Public Affairs, suggested telecom shoppers to be alert and cautious of the wiles of fraudsters so as to not fall sufferer to their antics.
The NCC mentioned that the newest rip-off generally take the type of fraudulent cellphone calls, often called vishing.
It defined that with this methodology, the the intention of the fraudster is to realize entry to the focused cunsumer’s private social media account or different id assets to perpetrate fraud.
“Vishing is a type of Phishing which is punishable underneath Part 32 of the Cybercrimes (Prohibition, Prevention and so forth.) Act of 2015,” NCC defined.
The Fee mentioned that these types of fraud which have grow to be more and more well-liked, usually begins with a cellphone name from fraudsters requesting the decision receiver to carry out a sure process for the caller.
It mentioned by doing this, the decision permits the caller (the fraudster) to swiftly takeover the social media account of a person or group.
NCC says it turns into vital to publish the recording on-line to teach the Nigerians about how these rampaging fraudsters play tips on folks to defraud them.
“Kindly go to the Fee’s Twitter Handles (@ngcomcommission or @consumersncc) to take heed to the tape and different updates on this regard,” the fee suggested.
NCC, nonetheless, assures telecom shoppers that every one the numbers used to hold out these fraudulent actions are underneath investigation and that thereafter, “applicable actions will probably be taken in that regard as prescribed by related legal guidelines.”
NCC warned that telecom shoppers should not give out any details about their accounts to unknown individuals who pose as representatives of identified organisations.
“So as to be certain that telecom networks aren’t used to perpetrate crimes, the Fee appeals to all telecom shoppers to ahead complaints on suspected fraudulent calls to the Fee by way of our e-mail at email@example.com.” the Fee mentioned.