Cyber crime in South East alarming, says EFCC

The Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Garba Dambatta, has lamented rising cases of cybercrime and e-fraud in the country using telecommunications platforms, saying it poses a serious challenge to the Commission.

Speaking during NCC Special Day at the ongoing 30th Enugu International Trade Fair, Dambatta explained that cybercrime consists of illegal activities conducted on a computer or mobile device connected to the Internet.

“The Commission advises all our consumers not to open email that is unfamiliar and also note that banks will not request personal information over the Internet. In the event that this unfortunate circumstance should take place, call your bank immediately to freeze the affected accounts.

“Secondly, report to your service provider for further actions to be taken in retrieving your number,” he said. Dambatta, represented by a Deputy Director in NCC, Mr. Ugama Ogbonnaya, assured that the Commission would continue to recognise the consumer as the king, who plays special role in the development of telecom sector.

Earlier, President of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Mr. Emeka Udeze, said the communication industry has witnessed a great revolution in the socio-economic life of the people, adding: “No doubt, there remains much more to be done to fully tap the potentials in this sector and for customers of the various GSM network operators to fully maximise the Internet benefits of optimal service delivery by operators.