KPMG: MCO giving scammers more opportunity to find victims

PETALING JAYA: People using the internet more after being confined to their houses due to the movement control order (MCO) period are giving scammers more opportunities to find victims, says KPMG.

"Right now, everyone is heavily reliant on their laptops or mobile phones to conduct their everyday needs such as online banking, shopping or donating to causes and charities. Criminals are not afraid to take advantage of that," says its forensics chief Tan Kim Chuan.

"Those with ill-intent are playing on the uncertainty of the situation coupled with isolation from social distancing to spread fake news and trick people into divulging their online banking details," he said in a statement on Tuesday (April 21).

Tan said a single misstep could lead to someone becoming a victim of fraud.

"Cybercrimes and scams have been successful because of their simplicity," he said, adding that it did nto take much to safeguard against these cyber incidents.

He urged people not to install applications from untrusted sources and to be wary of free video conferencing apps.

He also advised against clicking on unverified links in emails or text messages and to not open untrusted attachments.

Tan said it was important to verify the legitimacy of sources before responding to any text message or voice calls asking for personal or sensitive information, and to report any related incident to the proper authorities.

As most companies have been working remotely due to the MCO, Tan said companies should immediately put up security measures to deal with Covid-19 themed threats.

He added that company employees and third-party contractors working remotely should be educated on the various risks and to know proper procedures when connecting via public WiFi.

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