Aisha Bello, a Data Center and cloud systems Engineer has spoken against the value system of the society, blaming it for failing to condemn the continuous spate of cybercrime.
Bello defined cyber frauds as career criminals which could also be translated to one time offenders. Dissecting the issue, she elucidated the reason why criminals commit crime. “For most people, it is more money. But some have it in their genes to be high career criminals. Some don’t even need the money.” Even though she tried not to endorse the common rush for fast money but she was amazed that some people do it more than once.
“I am not trying to encourage the vice; but you could be thinking that if they get one job done and scam someone of a million naira, they most probably stop, set up a business and live a normal life. But it doesn’t really happen like that. Once you get money that you didn’t work or didn’t earn, it still feels like easy money. This is because if you are not really working hard for your money, the likelihood that you will spend it anyhow is more than someone that had to do blood, sweat and tears to earn the salary they earn.
“What I have found out is that most career criminals get to a place where it is no longer about the money but they just get accustomed to that kind of lifestyle; and get off bringing pain and then it becomes a thing of pride.”
Aisha blamed the society that has offered a free hand for career criminals to thrive. “We are in a society where nobody is even frowning at that. Most people have brothers, boyfriends, sisters, cousins that are actually into this type of lifestyle but because they benefit off that lifestyle- the fast cars, the money, bottles popping, they don’t see anything wrong with it. The society is enabling cyber-crime.”
Trying to compare crimes that people frown upon, Aisha contrasted cybercrime alongside outright stealing.
“Look at other crimes that other people really, actively frown upon. Like stealing where if you go to the market, they just put tyre on you. People would rather have beggars all over the street than steal. This is due to the capital punishment for stealing in our streets.”
Aisha urged collectively for us as a people to actively speak against cyber fraud.
“If you have a brother or sister in these things, be openly against it and you will find out that the more people are against it, the more people care less about the car you drive and the money you are spending. The more you find out that there is dignity in labour and real work.”
Bello who is also an expert in criminology career analysis gave a life hack on how to protect oneself from future security breach, she said:
“You get an email that you won 500K in a certain draw. Did you apply for the draw? How did you think that out of Heaven God answered your prayer and you really won 500K? If it is too good to be true then it probably is a lie after all. If you don’t recognize anything from the sender and you are not expecting anything from the sender and they are asking you to do something- click on a link or download something- just know you don’t want to perform the action at all. So, there are many ways to educate ourselves to make it harder to scam us.”