Do you protect your data?
The Scammer's AgendaBe mindful of how, where and who you share our personal information with. Scammers collect our personal information and passwords to hack into our accounts and profiles on social media, electronic devices and even our bank accounts.
How to Respond
Don't be a victim. Prevention is always better than cure! Today protecting your data and devices is just as important as the security alarm on your house or car, more so in fact.
Ensure that you use strong passwords with a minimum of 8 characters, containing both alphabet letters and numbers and add a special character to strengthen the password.
Scammers use this information to lure you into sharing all your personal information with them and stealing any assets you have remaining.
Remember your bank will never ask for your password in an email or telephone call and will always direct you to use your banking app or ATM to reset your password or complete a transaction.
Don't post personal and sensitive information about you or your family on social media platforms. Never post your ID number or pictures of your identity documents online. Scammers can use these to impersonate you. Also be careful of who you chat to and interact with on social platforms and don't open links from unknown or untrusted persons on any platform.
Today, smart phones hold a lot of our personal information and are set up to automatically access our social media, software accounts and some applications that may process our personal information. If your device is lost or stolen, have the device immediately blocked and remove the device's access rights from all your applications. . In addition, change the passwords to all accounts linked to the device or accessed via the device. If your device is hacked and the device access rights have not been removed, the scammer will have complete control over your profile, which could result in identity theft, theft of your money, data and information.
Data theft is a billion-dollar business for scammers and data breaches are a real threat to your personal information and livelihood. Don't make it easy for scammer to steal from you. Make sure to update your passwords regularly using a strong password. Don't use the same password for all accounts and ensure that you never use your social media passwords for your banking or retail accounts.