By Mumtaz Moosa-Saley
As Covid-19 has the world at its knees, hackers understand that this is the time that most people would be vulnerable and not take cybersecurity seriously.
While I have read many articles talking about dodgy sites that install spy malware, naturally I had assumed that South Africa doesn’t have this sort of issue. The misconception lasted until 23:00pm last night when I was told about a link making its rounds.
I have decided to dig deeper into what scams are going around in South Africa and I have found a few.
1. Links that steal your Airtime and data
There has been a COVID-19 text being sent via Whats App stating that the companies in South Africa are giving free data per day, all you have to do is click the link. Many people last night had done this and have reported that their airtime and Data has been stolen.
2. Malware, now many of you may have heard this but what is it?
Just as virus hackers are working fast on ensuring they get what is needed from your phone, between COVID-19 world stat sites to various other really cool sites, they have also spent time and resources to ensure a site is created that will ensure people flock to check the latest stats. Once you are on the site, malware is installed, either for personal information to help complete a bank scam or the data is sold to local companies to carry out call centre scams.
3. Luno Wallet scam
Luno wallet is no stranger to many of us, while we all may have downloaded the app to see what it is all about and never used it, scammers have taken things to a whole new level. A text will be sent to your phone and you will be told that an error has occurred, once you click the link, it will duplicate the original website and once you put in your login details your Cryptocurrency wallet will be emptied.
These are the three main scams that have been identified in the last 24 hours, please let’s take a moment to ensure that we verify links before we click them. Many people will be working at home and the last thing we want is to let our guard down and comprise our own digital safety. Please also speak to the older people and educate them on possible scams that are happening as they are most at risk when it comes to fraud.
Be safe online and on the ground.