Privacy commission warns public against online fraudsters amid COVID-19 pandemic

Published March 24, 2020, 12:00 AM

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By Richa Noriega

The National Privacy Commission (NPC) warned the public on Monday against online fraudsters who use the fear of coronavirus disease to steal personal data and money.

“A growing number of online fraudsters are exploiting the public fear surrounding the COVID-19, using the pandemic to lure people into clicking phishing emails and installing malwares capable of stealing personal data and money,” NCP said in a statement.

The privacy commission appealed to the public to be careful online, especially in using financial services and accessing health-related applications.

“Be cautious with the sites you visit, enhance your privacy settings, and protect your personal data,” NPC added.

NPC gave the following tips to protect personal data:

  1. Do not give out your personal data in suspicious COVID-themed emails and messages.
  2. Make trusted government and other legitimate websites your go-to source for the latest COVID information.
  3. Ensure that the charity or crowdfunding campaign you plan to donate to is legitimate.
  4. Be mindful of phishing baits from online scammers.

The privacy commission advised the public that if they feel their personal data have been compromised, to contact NPC and its investigation team at [email protected] and [email protected]

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