Five Safe Tips To Avoid Internet Scams

Five Safe Tips To Avoid Internet Scams Article

Over a quarter of online scams happen in the run up to Christmas, with victims losing an average of £893(N401, 850), which is more than double the average festive spend.

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With many Britons spending more than £400
(N180,000) on Christmas, fraudsters are on the lookout for unsuspecting shoppers buying
presents over the internet.
The Nigeria’s Minister of Communications
Barrister Adebayo Shittu said Nigeria lost
$450million to recent cyber-attacks on the
country. A total of about 3,500 cyber-attacks occurred recently in Nigeria, 70% of which were
successful, which led to a loss of about $450
million, Shittu said at an event recently.

“The recent data from NITDA shows that there
were a total of about 3,500 cyberattacks in Nigeria, 70% of which were successful, which led
to a loss of about $450 million”, he said.
He said the prevalent of electronic commerce and online malls was giving cybercriminals
opportunity to attack unsuspecting Nigerians.
He appealed to IT security professionals to secure Nigeria’s cyber space in order to attract
investments into the country.

1. Look out for the padlock symbol and ‘https’
in the address bar on retailers’ websites

2. Watch out for deals that look too good to be
true

3. Never use public Wi-Fi to purchase Christmas
shopping online

4. Never give out your PIN or online banking
password – legitimate websites won’t ask for it.

5. Keep an eye on your bank balance so that you
can spot and report fraudulent transactions quickly.

Source: Daily Trust

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