Warning Issued Over Digital Security

NBC has issued a warning about keeping personal information secure online after a raft of reports about defrauding attempts
People use smartphones in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa
People use smartphones in Phnom Penh. Kiripost/Siv Channa

The National Bank of Cambodia (NBC) on Wednesday asked the public to keep their personal information secure after a number of attempts to defraud people of their money on Telegram, Facebook, TikTok and by telephone.

The NBC said that fraudsters have already conned people of their cash using social media accounts of victims’ relatives, friends and managers by pretending to borrow money in an emergency.

The NBC urged high alert when using social media in a secure manner and they should seek digital financial services.

Ngeth Moses, a digital security specialist, said in his Facebook video on Wednesday that groups of fraudsters had acted as a campaign to steal Facebook users' accounts and packages, which is concerning for all users. Recent frauds have been in many different ways, he said.

Moses added, “Some people were defrauded by losing their money on Mastercard, a credit card with accounts​ linked to their Facebook page. Therefore, users should double-check interventions, such as​ protective methods and reporting methods,” he said.

He said that digital and security literacy is important because it can help users to improve knowledge on how to identify which news or information is fake and how to identify or verify the best solution to address those issues immediately.

Then report it to Tinyurl if users see any virus from links because Tinyurl will close all those links directly, he said.

Moses said that online fraud has been around for a long time but it became widespread in 2021, even to himself.

In a different announcement, the Department of Information of the Secretariat of the Ministry of Interior has also reminded citizens who use Telegram to use two-step verification.