Turkey's Health Ministry warned citizens against fraudulent mobile applications and websites that pose as official systems and offer citizens financial aid.
"It has been revealed that citizens were lured into a con with a mobile application that poses as being an official Health Ministry service," tweeted the Health Ministry Health Solutions Twitter account May 21.
T.C. Sağlık Bakanlığına aitmiş izlenimi verilen sahte bir telefon uygulaması kullanılarak vatandaşların dolandırılmaya çalışıldığı tespit edilmiştir.— T.C. Sağlık Bakanlığı Sağlıklı Çözüm (@sagliklicozum) May 21, 2020
Yanıltıcı isimli internet sitelerine ve bu sitelerde yer alan uygulamalara itibar etmeyiniz. pic.twitter.com/YfyUq23HoS
The ministry noted that the fraudulent application texts citizens with the promise of 1,498 Turkish Liras as financial aid.
"The Heath Ministry doesn't offer financial aid to citizens," the Healthy Solutions account added.
The Health Ministry urged citizens to disregard any communications they receive from variations of the Health Ministry's website URL or the name of the Turkish state's online services portal.
Turkey's Health Ministry launched a mobile application in April to allow citizens to see the density of infected persons in their area. As the ministry's response to the pandemic has evolved, the application has taken on different functions.
Most recently, Health Minister Fahretin Koca said that citizens would need to obtain approval codes from the application for travel permits.Turkey to track coronavirus patients via mobile phone application to enforce quarantinesZeitgeist Turkey | Episode 8: How to protect what is left of our privacy in the pandemic era