In a statement on February 2, the Minister of Public Health (Minsanté) Manaouda Malachie warned the general public about individuals scamming people on social media by using the name of the Ministry of Public Health. “Recently, criminals lurking on social media have started using the digital identifiers, names, contact information, and titles of senior officials of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsanté) for unknown purposes," he alerted.
The victims of those impersonators have already filed several complaints, he added. He condemned those practices that undermine the credibility, reputation, and respectability of the officials impersonated. The Minsanté then reserved the right to take legal action against the culprits.
To extort their victims, on the internet, scammers invent all sorts of things. Using a fake social media profile, the scammer can for instance promise a system that can help the victim get quick and easy money. They can also offer well-paid jobs or large commissions for a service. Those offers are usually extremely attractive and this is what users should beware of. When the profits or offers presented are too generous, or even when a user is contacted by a social media user he/she does not know, it is better to beware.