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CSA Flags Data Harvesting Links Promising Cash Grants

The Cybersecurity Agency (CSA) has flagged as “malicious” data harvesting links promising potential victims cash grants from high-profile Ghanaians.



Some of such links are in the name of former President John Dramani Mahama.



According to CSA, these links in circulation on platforms like WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram, Telegram and Facebook purport to provide access to a cash grant from Mr Mahama.



The link, when clicked, displays a message that reads, “Former President John Dramani Mahama on Feb 1st 2023, offer a New Grants of 2,000 GHS to individual to support all citizens and the youth. My idea for the introduction of this is to make every individual happy and empower our youth for business and career goals. Get your own 2,000 GHS by filling the form below”.



According to the Authority, the form titled “Mahama’s Grant Application Form” demands Personally Identifiable Information (PII) which may be used for phishing attacks and other fraudulent activities.



According to the CSA, the former President is not associated with these websites. 



Social media users have been advised to be cautious of unsolicited links even if they are from known persons.



“Pay attention to domain names for any website that claims to be associated with a high-profile personality. Contact the CSA if you need help to verify the authenticity of links.



“Pay attention to content on sites you visit. Fake or malicious sites you visit are likely to have several spelling and grammatical errors”, the Authority said. 



Also, social media users are to keep all software and antivirus up to date to prevent attackers from exploiting known vulnerabilities in software or operating system.




Source: Fuseini

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