By Tagbo Ijeoma

A cyber security consultant, Oluseyi Akindeinde has identified self-indulgence as the main reason why educated people fall victim of cybercrime.

He said this on the popular Silverbird Television programme, Today On STV, adding that such offers as free internet connection in hotels, airports could serve as baits for scam.

He explained that most educated people were lured into various sites to steal their identity as the first step to swindle them financially.

As he puts it, “Identity theft occurs when someone unlawfully obtains another’s personal information and uses it to commit theft or fraud. 

According to him, this is increasingly being facilitated by the Internet and in a situation where an educated person gullibly launch into free internet, there is high risk in falling into serious scam.

Another factor that Akindeinde mentioned was pyramid scheme, which to him could be described as business model that recruits members with a promise of payment or services for enrolling into the scheme.

“Most times it is illegal and unsustainable” he noted.

He advised people to guard against these by engaging more in cyber education and perhaps doing more of the FBI Safe Online Surfing (FBI-SOS).

The FBI surfing is a nationwide initiative designed to educate children in grades 3 to 8 about the dangers they face on the Internet and to help prevent crimes against children.

It promotes cyber citizenship among students by engaging them in a fun, age-appropriate, competitive online program where they learn how to safely and responsibly use the Internet.

He called on government to set up forensic laboratory to aid investigation into cybercrime and of course stemming the menace.