The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has asked Members of the public to be cautious of criminals who are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam them through circulation of phishing emails purporting to sell non-existent items and messages that are accompanied by links that purport to offer free goodies like data bundles, money, airtime among other things.

According to the DCI, mesages accompanying such links are enticingly packaged with captivating words meant to prompt potential but unsuspecting victims to click onto them with a promise of getting something declared therein.

Such links the DCI says have largely been found to be infected with malware that triggers mining of personal information, passwords, photos, contacts among other valuables that are subsequently used to extort, for cyber bullying, stealing of finances among other ills.

Taking to its twitter handle, DCI has urged members of the public to be more vigilant and also discouraged use of Free Wi-Fi, purchase of substandard items, fraud, particularly sharing financial & personal information.