In the eighth episode, the discussion focused on
“Handling of digital finance crimes and scams”. Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in order to carry out fraud and cybercrime. Law enforcement authorities have reported an increase in coronavirus related scams. In some countries like India, Kenya, South Africa and many other developing countries, poor people who are already struggling with lack of income due to the health impact of the coronavirus pandemic have been targeted by online fraudsters. A multistakeholder effort is needed to protect more people from becoming victimized at a time when many are struggling with lost income as a result of being forced to stay at home to combat the illness. A concerted effort by the public and private sectors is needed to protect customers through educational efforts and high visibility law enforcement actions.
Participation was open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academic Institutions and to any individual from a country that is a member of ITU who wishes to contribute to the work. This included individuals who are also members of international, regional and national organizations.