Nigerians have been urged by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to remain alert to prevent cyber criminals from benefiting from the COVID-19 crisis.
The announcement was made on Monday, 6th April 2020 by Mr Isaac Okoroafor, CBN Director of Corporate Communications.
Mr Okorafor said, criminals were attempting to steal classified information, or acquire unauthorized access to computers or mobile devices, using a specific technique that was unknown to Nigerians.
He has reported that one such cyber-crime operation was to publish e-mails that claims to be sent from health organizations such as the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO). that such operation was a criminal activity.
Mr Okorafor added that an email could include a connection to the victim’s machine, or mobile device that would steal login credentials, if clicked.
CBN has provided other forms as a relief package, in which the scammers send social media messages or emails requesting people to click on links to register with government or other organizations to receive their relief packages.
He said the scammers will only use this to collect sensitive data from the unjust victims.
The director indicated that the relief packet scams often take the form of telephone calls that demand banking information from people to obtain relief packages.
The company spokesman guaranteed that CBN will act to protect the Nigerian banking system and also provide updates as they arise.
In the meantime the, banks in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun have terminated check clearing till the quarantine process is over.