Nigerians have been advised to take cyber safety more serious to prevent victims falling for the antics of cybercriminals who are well advanced in their acts.
Don Okereke, Chief Executive of Forenovate Technologies Nigeria, was speaking at the Cybersafety – Combating Youth Danger in the Digital World session at Social Media Week Lagos this morning.
Okereke said many Nigerians and nationals of other countries have been victims of paedophiles and fraudulent Internet dating sites.
In Nigeria, he said, cybercriminals are smiling all the way to the bank after duping unsuspecting desperate job seekers with fake job offers.
“Many Nigerians are in desperate search for jobs, and they fall victim of websites asking them to pay to get a job that is not even there in the first instance,” Okereke said.
He also advised social media users to be conscious of the privacy settings of their online accounts which he said can help them avoid cyber criminals.
Another issue he raised was the rising concern over addiction to social media. “I was once addicted to Facebook to the extent that I almost got run over by a vehicle while chatting on the road,” he said.
To tackle this, he advised individuals to cut down on the duration of time they spend on social media platforms.