The Ministry of Communication and Information Reminds the Community of the Online Crime Threat of Catfishing

WITH the growing concern about the potential for online crime through catfishingMinistry of Communication and Information Technology of the Republic of Indonesia (Kemenkominfo) through the National Digital Literacy Movement (GNLD) Cybercreation.

The Ministry of Communications and Informatics has also provided digital education for the Indonesian people through the online program “Digital Literacy Closeout: Recognizing the Phenomenon of Fraud. Catfishing” which was broadcast via Youtube and Facebook on February 24, 2022.

Notable guest speakers who attended this event included: Relationship Expert & Psychologist, Dian Wisnuwardhani; MAFINDO Fact Checker, Bentang Febrylian; and the Cybercreation Steering Committee or ICT Watch, Donny BU

Recognizing Phenomenon Catfishing

In a press statement, Monday (7/30), it was explained that Catfishing is a term used to describe fraud that uses identity on line fake to trick the victim.

Fraudsters usually use other people’s photos and information to create a trustworthy online persona, and then lure the victim to further trap the victim in various scams and lead to criminal action.

Phenomenon catfishing this turned out to be a major risk factor for dating app users.

A study states, 65% of a total of 18,000 respondents in 27 countries, including Indonesia, expressed concern about dating apps, and sadly, 15% of the total respondents reported that they had experienced fraud.

Of the various modes of fraud, catfishing became the number one modus operandi with 51% of those targeted having been caught in it.

Internet freedom allows anyone to create their own identity, so anyone can be any character they want online.

“The Internet allows people to do identity play, in the sense that a person can create his own identity so that he can become whatever character he wants in cyberspace. Unfortunately, this technology is also used to commit a number of frauds,” Donny said in a press statement, Monday (7/3).

Characteristics Catfishing

There are main characteristics that can be used as a reference to identify catfishingnamely: refuse to do video callavoid face-to-face meetings, and limit communication to chat and voice call.

“Most likely, the culprit catfishing behaved like that to protect his identity from being exposed. So, the victim will not know the face of the perpetrator catfishing the truth,” said Bentang.

Furthermore, Dian looked at the phenomenon catfishing occurs when people are not comfortable with themselves, so that the perpetrator cannot show his true personality without disguise.

“From a psychological point of view, this is called identity confusion, so they confuse themselves. When we use Facebook or Instagram, then often take photos using filter rather than appearing natural, this shows that there is something going on with the person’s personality,” said Dian.

Currently, the Ministry of Communication and Information through GNLD Siberkreasi continues to present various webinars and programs workshop education to address digital literacy issues.

To be able to get information about the Digital Literacy Closeout and other activities, you can see it at info.literasidigital.id or follow the @siberkreasi social media account.

About the Ministry of Communication and Information of the Republic of Indonesia

The Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Information (Kemenkominfo), through the Directorate General of Aptika, has the main function of disseminating and developing a national digital infrastructure to accelerate digital transformation in Indonesia.

The Ministry of Communication and Informatics is collaborating with the National Movement for Digital Literacy Cybercreation as a partner to provide education in digital literacy to the public through various forms of media.

This movement is focused on utilizing digital literacy as a way to improve the nation’s capabilities and advance the Indonesian nation. (RO/OL-09)


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