EFCC warns public of phishing attacks surge


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has alerted the public of an alarming rise in phishing activities targeting unsuspecting individuals across various digital platforms.

The Nation reports Phishing to be a type of cybersecurity attack in which a fraudulent individual masquerades as a reputable entity or person in an email or other forms of communication.

Attackers commonly use phishing emails to distribute malicious links or attachments that can extract login credentials, account numbers and other personal information from victims.

In a statement signed by its head of media & publicity, Dele Oyewale, via its website, the Commission revealed in recent months, it has observed a surge in fraudulent schemes, designed to deceive individuals into disclosing sensitive personal information, including financial details, through deceptive emails, text messages, social media messengers and fake websites.

“These phishing perpetrators often impersonate reputable organizations, financial institutions, or government agencies, exploiting the trust of their victims for illicit gains,” it said.

The anti-graft agency emphasised the critical importance of vigilance and caution when encountering unsolicited communications or unfamiliar links, especially those requesting sensitive information or promising financial benefits.

It said: “Individuals must verify the authenticity of any communication (message) or website before divulging personal details or engaging in financial transactions.”

Furthermore, the commission urged the public to promptly report any suspected phishing attempt or fraudulent activity to its nearest zonal command or the nearest law enforcement agency.

“Timely reporting enables swift action to be taken in order to disrupt criminal operations and protect potential victims from financial losses and identity theft,” the statement added.

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