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NCC Initiate Campaign Against Cybercrime


The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched a sensitisation programme for telecommunication consumers on safety measures against cyber fraud.

Head, NCC consumer advocacy group, Mr Jide  Azees while  speaking during NCC 104th consumer outreach programme (COP) in Ado Ekiti, said the menace of cyber theft had wreaked havoc on many Nigerians, making them lose valuable property and money to fraudsters.

He urged consumers to be cautious of the information they divulge to people on social media and other ICT platforms.

Azees, who spoke on the topic ‘Mitigating Effects of Cybercrime: Role of Telecom Users’, stated that there was need for consumers to avoid frivolous discussion with unknown individuals on social media platforms, saying it was a cheap way to fall into the hands of fraudsters.

He said many Nigerians had lost their lives as a result of the trauma caused them by ICT fraudsters, adding consumers must protect their personal data from being stolen by ICT thieves.

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“These fraudsters attack consumers on social media website where consumers carry out financial transactions by using credit/debit cards. Our mobile devices and computers are the targets of yahoo boys.

“So, users must be aware that this fraud and attacks can emanate from any part of the world as long as the devices are connected to the global super highway known as internet.

“So, we must take precautions on our SIM cards, by not using preregistered cards. Follow guidelines on SIM replacement and where you lose your phone or SIM quickly contact your bank to stop transactions on the account,” he further advised.

The director, consumer affairs bureau, MTS, Felicia Onwuegbuchulam, said the programme was packaged by NCC to inform and educate telecommunication users on how best to protect their lives.

Represented by the deputy director in the department, Mr Ismail Adedigba, she said the NCC would continue to take actions that would protect the rights and lives of consumers.