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Fake Message Impersonating Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports (MCYS), Brunei Darussalam

Alert

Advisory
15 December 2023

 

A message impersonating the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) which claims to provide monthly assistance of $3,770 to struggling Bruneians has been spreading via WhatsApp messaging platform.

The message contains a link https://bantuan-kerajaan-brunei.my-app.biz.id/ to a website requesting your telegram number. The website is from a neighboring country and has no affiliation or relation to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of Brunei Darussalam. These Telegram groups are potentially being used as a platform for scammers to solicit donations or contributions or request users’ personal and financial/banking information.

 

Recommendations

  • Before taking any action, ensure that the message or caller genuinely represents the organization they claim to be. Contact the organization directly for verification.
  • Never respond to any requests without proper verification.
  • Carefully examine links before clicking on them.
  • Do not click on any suspicious links or attachments.
  • Ignore or delete suspicious messages, and do not forward them to others.
  • Use anti-virus software and update it regularly.
  • Apply appropriate patches and updates immediately.
  • Back up your devices regularly in case they become compromised.
  • Practice good cyber hygiene and safe practices.