(Business in Cameroon) - The National Agency for Information &Communication Technologies (ANTIC) informs that in 2020, it deleted 3,372 of the 4,242 fake Facebook accounts identified in the framework of its Cameroonian cyberspace surveillance mission. In addition, the agency claims that since 2013, it has detected 25,306 cyber vulnerabilities.
In recent years, with the recent appropriation of information and communication technologies by Cameroonians, the country is increasingly exposed to cybercriminals who cause important financial losses for individuals, firms, and even the public administration. For instance, senior officials and nationals regularly complain about scammers impersonating them on social media, on Facebook notably.
According to the ANTIC, the cybercriminal acts identified in Cameroon include “scamming” (financial frauds on the internet), "skimming” (banking card frauds), Simbox frauds (reroute international calls to make them appear as local calls) “Web defacement” (unauthorized modifications to a web site’s homepage) and spoofing (identity theft), etc.