RBF cau­tions over fake Face­book ac­count of Gov­er­nor, trans­ac­tions


Fiji Sun - - Business -

Mem­bers of the pub­lic have been cau­tioned on re­cent cases of fake Face­book pro­files, scam emails and bo­gus loans in­volv­ing the Re­serve Bank of Fiji. The cau­tion has come from the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Unit (FIU) and the Re­serve Bank of Fiji. Cy­ber­crim­i­nals have cre­ated sev­eral fake Face­book pro­files of “Barry White­side”, Gov­er­nor of the RBF although the Gov­er­nor does not have any Face­book pro­file un­der his name. Cases have been brought to the at­ten­tion of the FIU and the RBF that these false per­son­ations were used to pro­vide fake RBF ap­provals for vic­tims to re­mit funds to se­cure pro­ceeds of fake lot­ter­ies, in­vest­ments and loans. Mr White­side said the RBF and its staff do not com­mu­ni­cate with any­one via Face­book or other so­cial me­dia on of­fi­cial busi­ness mat­ters. He said any­one who re­ceives any com­mu­ni­ca­tion or doc­u­ment pur­port­ing to be sent from him or any staff of the RBF must im­me­di­ately re­fer it to the RBF and FIU for ver­i­fi­ca­tion and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Scam Emails and bo­gus loans A num­ber of in­ci­dents of scam emails have also sur­faced claim­ing to be from Gov­er­nor White­side with fake mes­sages and doc­u­ments. Mem­bers of the pub­lic and stake­hold­ers of the RBF are ad­vised to ex­er­cise ex­treme cau­tion when they re­ceive un­so­licited emails or looka­like emails with­out the of­fi­cial RBF do­main @rbf.gov.fj. The let­ter­head and logo of the RBF has been used by crim­i­nals on doc­u­ments pur­port­ing to of­fer loans and grants to vic­tims who be­gan to cor­re­spond with the crim­i­nals us­ing fake so­cial me­dia pro­files and emails. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are ad­vised that the RBF does not en­gage in the busi­ness of pro­vid­ing per­sonal or com­mer­cial loans. The vic­tims should im­me­di­ately cease com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the crim­i­nals. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are warned not to pro­vide any per­sonal and fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion on the fake loan doc­u­ments.

Abuse of so­cial me­dia

Razim Buksh, Di­rec­tor of the Fi­nan­cial In­tel­li­gence Unit said that the above in­ci­dents were not caused by any com­pro­mise to the RBF’s web­site or Email servers. He said that in the above-men­tioned cases, cy­ber­crim­i­nals have abused so­cial me­dia to im­per­son­ate Gov­er­nor White­side and com­mit fraud. Mr Buksh said mem­bers of the pub­lic should not open un­so­licited and sus­pi­cious email mes­sages. Un­so­licited email mes­sages (that usu­ally pro­vide a web­site link or an at­tached doc­u­ment) could be in­fected with dan­ger­ous viruses that could com­pro­mise your email ac­count, so­cial me­dia pro­files, per­sonal com­put­ers and mo­bile de­vices. The Cy­ber­crime Unit of the Fiji Po­lice Force is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mat­ter. Mem­bers of the pub­lic are ad­vised to re­port sus­pected cases of im­per­son­ations and fraud to the Fiji Po­lice Force or the FIU on phone num­ber 322 3333 or email: info@fi­ji­fiu.gov.fj.

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