BSP Warns Public Against Coronavirus Donation Scams
CORONAVIRUS DONATION SCAMS – The Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP) warns the public about donation scams for COVID-19 relief.
As the Philippines battles against the coronavirus crisis, several charities have popped up that to help those in need. However, not all of them have the well-being of the masses in mind, some just want to profit.
As such, the Bangko Central warned the public, especially those who like to shop online, to be weary of cyber criminals. There have been several reports of fake charities that try to get sensitive personal info such as online banking user names and passwords from donors.
Likewise, the BSP urged consumers not to click on malicious links leading them to phishing sites. These types of websites are built to steal personal data through fake emails and web links.
According to an article from ABS-CBN, the BSP stated:
Sa kabila ng mga donation drives at charities na naghahangad na makatulong sa ating mga kababayan na apektado ng COVID-19 pandemic, ang mga cyber criminals ay patuloy rin sa paggawa ng mga pekeng charities or beneficiaries na may kaugnayan dito
(Even though others are holding donation drives and charities to genuinely help citizens affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still cybercriminals that continue to create fake charities or beneficiaries.)
Generally, phishing sites would urge their victims to give out personal usually not needed during online transactions. Additionally, these sites would want you to click on certain link or open malicious attachments containing malware.
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