By Our Reporter
The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces has spoken out a fake social media post of a recruitment portal announcing the start of UPDF Recruitment 2023.
This post has been making rounds on social media platforms for almost a week now.
In a press statement dated 4th September, 2023, the Defence Spokesperson, Brig. General, Felix Kulayigye says the portal is fake and falls under phishing crime.
“We would like to advise Ugandans to be extra alert and double-check what they receive before they give their sensitive information, such as login credentials, credit card details, phone numbers and account numbers,” Kulayigye says.
Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent communications that appear to come from a legitimate and reputable source, usually through email and text messaging. The attacker’s goal is to steal money, gain access to sensitive data and login information, or to install malware on the victim’s device. Phishing is a dangerous, damaging, and an increasingly common type of cyber attack.
“We wish to remind Ugandans that besides advertising in the Newspapers, Radio and TV stations UPDF has an Official website (www.updf.go.ug) and Twitter handle (@updfspokespersn) where it announces the start of the process but never provides a link to fill out personal data online,” Kulayigye says.
The Defence Spokesperson advices that when the process of UPDF recruitment is ready to start, the army will announce it officially through the above-prescribed channels.