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Phishing scams on the rise: POTRAZ warns public

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The Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ) has issued a statement alerting the public of phishing scams that are on the rise mainly via e-mails and SMS.

In a statement, POTRAZ Director General Dr. Gift Machengete said the emails are usually coming with attachments that contain viruses and once the attachment opened it will activate the virus and infects the device.

“The phishing emails usually come with attachments that contain viruses and once one opens the attachment the virus becomes active and infects the user device.

“The phishing SMSs come with short messages enticing recipients to click on and follow a hyperlink provided in the message.”

He further added that once one follows the link the user important information like username and passwords, bank details or other confidential information will end up at risk

“Once one follows the link their user device gets infected with malicious software… Resultantly, users end up at high risk of having important information like usernames and passwords, bank details and PIN codes or private and confidential information stolen.”

POTRAZ further urged the public to look out and report any suspicious SMSs or emails to competent IT personnel before following the link.

“We therefore wish to urge members of the public to be on the lookout for phishing emails and SMS. Any suspicious SMSs and or emails should be reported to competent IT personnel or to the Service Providers before opening or following suspicious attachments or links as the case may be.”

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