AN APPROACH TO CYBERCRIME ISSUES IN DANDUME LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA OF KATSINA STATE, NIGERIA
Keywords:cybercrime, rural communities, Dandume, Katsina state, Nigeria
This study investigated cybercrime issues in Dandume Local Government Area of Katsina State. The study aimed to understand the various types of cybercrimes that the community faces and the resulting impacts, particularly educational and psychological effects on the victims. Additionally, the study discussed the main causes of these crimes, particularly among young people. To achieve these aims, the study collected data from 115 residents of Dandume using a structured questionnaire. The collected data was analyzed using statistical tables. The results showed that cybercrime is prevalent in the Dandume community, with many of the participants reporting that they had experienced one form of cybercrime or the other. The most common types of cybercrime reported by the participants were yahoo attack, social media hijacking, credit card threat, government offer scam, and airtime scam. Furthermore, the study revealed that many of the participants were not aware of the various ways they could protect themselves from cybercrime. Furthermore, the study highlighted the effects of these crimes on the victims and discussed the main causes of cybercrimes among users of internet in the area. The paper made some recommendations for minimizing the challenges of cybercrime in Nigeria. The study underscored the importance of community education and awareness-raising on the dangers of cybercrime and suggests the need for increased efforts to implement security measures to protect residents from cybercriminals.
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