If some still do not believe in data theft in the Mobile Money sector in Cameroon, mobile telephony companies are advising users to seriously consider the threat. Because cybercriminals have found a new thing. “First they send you a message indicating that a transfer of FCfa 1,000 in call credit has been done to your number. In the following minutes, someone calls you, pretexting to have mistakenly sent the money, and offers to share this top up, which was supposedly erroneously received”, explains a manager at Orange Cameroon.
The source adds that, to carry out this sharing transfer, the cybercriminal gives to the victim a code to be able to transfer back FCfa 500 out of the FCfa 1,000. The famous code is: *116*the amount*19780#.
A manager at MTN, warns: “If you make the mistake of using this code, you will be forwarding them all your information, meaning, your first names, last name, passwords, etc.”. He concludes: “These professional hackers will then withdraw at their leisure all they want from your account. And by the time you become aware of the scam, it is already too late”.