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Security Alert: COVID-19 Lockdown - Beware of Loan Scams


Several incidents involving loan scams have recently been reported to CERT-MU on the Mauritian Cybercrime Online Reporting System (maucors.govmu.org)

Fraudsters and scammers are taking advantage of the difficult lockdown situation to trick people into applying for fake loan schemes. They are utilizing social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp to influence people for paying up an insurance fee of Rs 5,700 which will supposedly allow them to benefit from huge loans (example Rs 1,100,000).

The methodology adopted by Scammers include usage of fake or compromised Facebook profiles to trick social media users into applying for the fake loan schemes.

It has also been noted that the following link: hxxps://wa.me/message/CHQXIPJAOWLYM1 is being shared with social media users whereby a certain “Francois Perol who supposedly knows the Director of MCB LTD” is providing the loan facilities. The following fake Facebook account against MCB is also being used in the scams: https://www.facebook.com/Mauritius-commercial-Bank-MCB-Loan-101861858232040. A screenshot of same is copied below for your reference:

 


 

 

 




 

 


CERT-MU wishes to inform its constituents that these are SCAMS and are being sent to social media users in an attempt to steal their money. It is STRONGLY advised to discard and report these scam attempts and NOT TO EFFECTUATE ANY insurance fee as stated in the scam message.

 It has been noted that several incidents have been reported through MAUCORS whereby Facebook profiles have been compromised and are being used in the loan scams. CERT-MU advises social media users in general to secure their respective accounts (e.g Facebook, WhatsApp, etc) by utilizing STRONG PASSWORDS and also by enabling TWO-FACTOR AUTHENTICATION.

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Let us unite together for a Safe Mauritian Cyberspace during this crisis situation.

Report cyber security incidents on the Mauritian Cybercrime Online Reporting System (MAUCORS - http://maucors.govmu.org)