WEBSITES SCAMMERS ON THE LOOSE, WARNS IFC
By BUUMBA CHIMBULU
THE International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Zambia has called on the general public to be wary of websites scammers creating false websites with intent to deprive unsuspecting entrepreneurs of their hard earned money.
In the past few weeks, IFC had been the subject of cybercrime attacks from some individuals and entities, according to a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday.
It indicated that the perpetrators have created a series of fake websites, emails, loan application forms, and URLs impersonating IFC in Zambia.
“The online scam seeks to lure entrepreneurs and small businesses in Zambia into revealing personal financial information and applying for IFC loans by completing application forms found on fake websites,” the statement indicated.
The statement indicated that the public should be mindful of copycat links the scammers may decide to use.
It indicated that IFC would never request for one’s bank statements or other personal financial information online.
“IFC is not involved with these websites or the call for applications. We strongly caution the public to be wary of these and other individuals or groups that falsely claim to be associated with IFC or other members of the World Bank Group,” the statement indicated.
IFC has a standard and elaborate loan application process for potential clients seeking IFC loans as described on their websites.