“Governments must do more to educate the public about the risks they face, and how they can protect themselves.
“This problem is only going to get bigger as people spend more time transacting and interacting online.”
The news comes as last month Netflix users were put on alert about a scam WhatsApp message claiming free subscriptions for the service were being offered.
The fake alert said Netflix were offering “free passes” to help people keep entertained during the coronavirus crisis and provided a link.
But while the link featured the phrase Netflix in the URL it was all part of an elaborate phishing scam designed to steal sensitive information.
A message on the fake website which the link led to said: “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are giving away totally free access to our platform for the period of isolation, until the virus is contained.”