The Port Harcourt Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has enlightened community youth on the dangers of internet fraud, stating that the consequences could be devastating.
Bikere Helen Nagberi, the Assistant Commander of the Commission, unveiled this in a sensitization lecture held at Community Secondary School, Okoro-Nu-Odo, Rivers State, on Friday, June 23, 2023.
Speaking at the lecture, titled “The Financial Consequences of Cyber Crimes,” organized by AXA, an International Health Insurance Firm, Nagberi emphasized that the orientation talk came at the right time when youth are very impatient and desperate to acquire wealth without meaningful effort.
She mentioned that indulgence in crime will deter individual, communal and national growth and warned youths not to regard any engagement in internet fraud as a societal norm.
“Financial consequences of cybercrimes are a critical issue that affects individuals, businesses and even nations. On individuals, each day millions of people fall victim to cybercrimes often resulting in significant financial losses. Using phishing scams, cybercriminals impersonate legitimate institutions to trick individuals into revealing their personal information which can lead to drained bank accounts, unauthorized credit card charges or even identity theft”, says Nagberi.
She added, “For youths caught in any fraudulent internet dealings, legal sanctions including imprisonment, fines and convictions may be suffered.”
The Commander, thereby, advised youth to explore the internet space positively for global opportunities and not for fraud.
She concludes by urging them to report all financial crimes to the EFCC.