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BCLCC Thwarts Cybercriminal Network Exploiting Social Media for Illegal Activities – Burkina Faso

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In a significant stride against cybercrime, the Burkinabe Centre for Combating Cybercrime (BCLCC) has successfully dismantled a network of four (04) suspected cybercriminals.

Specializing in identity theft, illegal medical practices, and electronic forgery, the group exploited a fake Facebook profile named “Djamila COMPAORE” to engage in criminal activities.

Illegal Abortion Promotion and Forged Medical Documents

Operating through their deceptive profile, two members of the group promoted abortifacient products, offering solutions for “clients.” They prescribed medical orders for these products, which are only authorized with a legitimate medical prescription. Additionally, they acquired and delivered these products to interested parties for sums ranging between fifteen thousand (15,000) and thirty-five thousand (35,000) CFA francs.

The group also involved two (02) other members who specialized in the unauthorized manufacture of stamps and seals. These fake stamps, bearing the names of doctors and health professionals, were used to certify the fraudulent medical prescriptions.

Beyond Abortifacients: Fake Medical Certificates

In addition to promoting abortifacient products, the network members engaged in issuing fake medical certificates. These certificates were targeted at students seeking to justify their absence from classes and assessments.

Legal Actions and Public Awareness

Following their arrest and subsequent interrogation at the BCLCC headquarters, all parties admitted to the charges. The suspected cybercriminals have been brought before the Prosecutor of Faso at the Ouaga I High Court to answer for their crimes.

The BCLCC takes this opportunity to emphasize the importance of cautious and responsible use of social media. The center encourages citizens to report any suspicious activities through the provided channels—calling 25 39 58 41, emailing cybercrime@securite.gov.bf, or visiting its headquarters in Ouagadougou.

Conclusion: Combating Cybercrime and Ensuring Cybersecurity

The successful dismantling of this cybercriminal network underscores the crucial role of cybersecurity agencies in safeguarding digital spaces. The BCLCC remains committed to raising public awareness, urging citizens to be vigilant, and actively participating in the fight against cybercrime. This case serves as a reminder of the potential risks associated with online activities and the importance of collaborative efforts to ensure a secure digital environment for all.

Ouaissou DEMBELE
Ouaissou DEMBELEhttps://cybercory.com
Ouaissou DEMBELE is an accomplished cybersecurity professional and the Editor-In-Chief of cybercory.com. He has over 10 years of experience in the field, with a particular focus on Ethical Hacking, Data Security & GRC. Currently, Ouaissou serves as the Co-founder & Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Saintynet, a leading provider of IT solutions and services. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company's cybersecurity strategy, ensuring compliance with relevant regulations, and identifying and mitigating potential threats, as well as helping the company customers for better & long term cybersecurity strategy. Prior to his work at Saintynet, Ouaissou held various positions in the IT industry, including as a consultant. He has also served as a speaker and trainer at industry conferences and events, sharing his expertise and insights with fellow professionals. Ouaissou holds a number of certifications in cybersecurity, including the Cisco Certified Network Professional - Security (CCNP Security) and the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), ITIL. With his wealth of experience and knowledge, Ouaissou is a valuable member of the cybercory team and a trusted advisor to clients seeking to enhance their cybersecurity posture.

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