I am a victim of Cybercrime: What do I do?
BackgroundNasir’s older brother after being teased severally by family and friends, has decided to join some social media networking sites. While trying to join one of the more popular sites,
Nasir’s older brother after being teased severally by family and friends, has decided to join some social media networking sites. While trying to join one of the more popular sites, he discovered that his details already exist alongside his image and someone is posing to be him.
Over the past couple of years, the use of internet in Nigeria has increased rapidly thus changing the way we do things from our work down to our personal lives. It has also led to the increase of cyber crimes such as email phishing, website attacks, cyber bullying, cyber stalking, identity theft, etc. by ruthless cyber criminals.
In this guide, we would be giving you useful tips to practice , if you ever find yourself being a victim of the most common cybercrimes.
Here’s what you can do:
- Victim of Crimeware: it is a type of malicious software designed to carry out or facilitate illegal online activity.
- Make sure to disconnect your computer from the internet immediately (wifi, hotspots, Ethernet, etc) to prevent data from being transmitted to the criminal. You can disconnect by unplugging the network cable or visiting the network setting for your PC.
- Scan your PC for viruses.
- Create a backup
- Re-install operating systems: There are some attacks which are really severe and can hide deep within the computer and go unnoticed by antiviruses. The only way to get rid of these is by reinstalling the operating system.
- Victim of Online Fraud:
- Close or Freeze affected account: If you find out that you are the victim of online fraud or identity theft, the first thing you should do is close all affected accounts immediately. If you work quickly, you should be able to close accounts before the thief has time to access them. Its also best notify the financial institution in cases of a lawsuit or future repercussions.
- Change all account passwords: It’s never advisable to recycle passwords for multiple accounts most especially your social and bank accounts. If you notice that your identity has been stolen, you should quickly change all accounts that have a password and create passwords for those that don’t. Once an identity thief gets hold of one,he can as well get the others.Always use a password generator and a password manager to create and store unique passwords.
- Steer clear of phishing emails: If you feel you’ve been a victim of identity theft, do well to avoid certain emails which would tell you to ‘please follow this link to update your bank account details because they noticed some unusual activities.
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