August 10, 2022

FILE PHOTO: A hooded man holds a laptop computer as a blue screen with an exclamation mark is projected on him in this illustration picture taken on May 13, 2017. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration

MANILA, Philippines — A think tank and advocacy group has advised Filipinos to be responsible in doing digital transactions, saying the public should be wary of cybercrime activities.

According to CitizenWatch Philippines co-convenor Tim Abejo, a lot of Filipinos are now doing a huge bulk of daily activities online, to avoid exposure from COVID-19.  Hence, scrupulous individuals have tried to take advantage of this situation in committing cybercrime.

“The pandemic has pushed most of us to shift our activities online.  We now do our banking, shopping, schooling, over the internet. We order food online and do our work from home. These have their benefits, of course, but they also carry great risk,” said Abejo who is also a lawyer.

“There are many who are out to take advantage of unsuspecting internet users. We have to make sure that our people arm themselves against these online predators,” he added.

Abejo explained that it is now hard to spot websites or emails that has the potential to be a cybercrime, because perpetrators are now making emails and messages appear legitimate.

What he suggests, is to increase awareness about how cybercrime is being done, and with the government incentivizing private organizations and companies that are promoting awareness regarding…

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