Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Minister warns of fake Facebook account

Photo: Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis.

Photo: Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis.

Minister of Planning and Development and Arouca/Maloney MP, Camille Robinson-Regis, warned her constituents not to heed a face Facebook account bearing her profile photo.

In a statement to her official Facebook page on Thursday, Robinson-Regis said the account, which goes by the name 'Arouca', has no affiliation to her whatsoever. 

"There appears to be a Facebook Account bearing the name of ‘Arouca’ and my image. I wish to state that there is no association between the users of this fake profile and myself or my agents."

"This page is my official page and the only means in which I transmit information to my constituents and the public at large. It goes to suggest the depths persons are willing to go to create an atmosphere of scepticism and mistrust."

"Please reject this profile and report this," she said. 

Several persons reported that the fake account attempted to contact them in a bid to obtain money from them. 


What is phishing?

Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and money), often for malicious reasons, by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.

Phishing attempts are typically carried out by email spoofing (sending email invitations) or instant messaging, and it often directs users to enter personal information at a fake website, the look and feel of which are identical to the legitimate site, the only difference being the URL of the website in concern.

Communications purporting to be from social websites, auction sites, banks, online payment processors or IT administrators are often used to lure victims. Phishing emails may contain links to websites that distribute malware.


Protect against phishing 

According to these tips from Kapersky Labs, be cautious against messages received from close friends, as they could have been fooled or hacked. 

Even if a message seems friendly, treat links and attachments with suspicion.

If you discover a phishing campaign, report it to the bank, the support desk of your social media network, or whatever other entity the phishing message claims to represent. Reporting really helps in the pursuit of criminals.

Do not open unexpected files sent by you massively multiplayer online role-playing game comrades or other online buddies. They may be malicious ransomware or even spyware, just like attachments from official-looking e-mails. 


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