Cybercrooks prowl on WhatsApp, others, warn Nigeria Police

By Kokumo Goodie, Lagos, Nigeria

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has warned members of the public to be wary about the information they share with strangers on social media platforms such as WhatsApp, Twitter, Facebook and others, adding that cybercrooks have now taken their nefarious activities to the platforms.

Lagos Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmus a Superintendent of Police, who spoke who spoke during the Cybersecurity Awareness forum organised by the U.S. Embassy in Lagos said the volume of cybercrimes committed via phishing, social engineering, spear phishing, malware, cyberbullying, identity theft and ransomware could no longer be compared with crimes committed through the various social media platforms.

According to her, the male criminals’ modus operandi is by opening an account on social media platforms with the image of a very pretty girl in need of a spouse. The unsuspecting man out there falls for the bait and money starts to flow.

She said the NPF is equal to the task of dealing decisively with the criminals, adding that the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, has intensified efforts in this regard as he has committed to training and retraining officers and men of the force to counter the menace of criminals marauding in cyberspace.

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