Shillong, Sept 21: The Covid-19 pandemic has opened up new avenues for fraudsters, East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya alone has reported with several cases, police informed.
East Khasi Hills, Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtnger today said that duping cases has been on the rise due the increase of online services during the lockdown.
Fraudulent cyber crime are on the rise because the people are generally unaware of the precautions to be observed while using the internet, Nongtnger stated.
According to SP, using strong passwords for digital space, refraining from clicking links from strangers and refraining from sharing credentials over the phone can go a long way in safeguarding yourselves from fraudsters
Nongtnger further added that the police has narrowed down the scammers and these are the different scams so as to spread awareness among the public
1.Fake job offers and advertisements – Claims from reputable institutions like Reliance Industries Limited, HDFC Bank, Kotak-Mahindra Bank, etc. using genuine-looking email addresses and contact numbers.
2.Financial fraud transactions through shopping facilities available online:
i.OLX App – Scammers posing as sellers on OLX have attached fake documents like ID Proof belonging to the Paramilitary Forces, receipts from Courier Companies, etc in order to make the customers fall in their trap. The scammers’ contact no. go offline once the amount has been transferred by gullible customers. Customers are requested to first meet the sellers before the purchase is offered.
ii.Amazon App – Offers and gifts have been some common tools to attract users and the general public as a whole to buy products from such platform. One such tool is the Amazon Pay Gift Card.
3.Financial fraud transactions through Google Pay and Pay-TM – A message is being circulated on the cell phone regarding updation of KYC. A phishing page is created for linking the bank account with the Pay-TM registered mobile number whereby the details of the victim are then compromised.
4.Winning of fancy-looking lotteries – The victim’s phone contact receives a message that he/she has won a lottery and in the process, the fraudster asks the victim to transfer a small sum of money to a certain bank account number whereby the victim will then receive the entire lottery amount.
5.Phishing messages – The message comes through SMS in the name of RBI that a Debit/Credit Card has been blocked for security reasons and to reactivate the card, the attacker shares a phishing link which is created to steal the victim’s Name, Mobile Number, Card Number, Expiry and CVV.
6.Frauds targeting retired govt personnel – The fraudsters gather basic personal information by calling the victim in the name of state government treasury. Once the fraudsters win the confidence of the victim, they seek details like bank account number, password and details of transactions, etc for updating of data pertaining to their pension.
The SP meanwhile urged the general public not to respond to such contacts and is requested to approach the nearest Police Station /Police Beat House / Police Out-Post or call the Police Helpline Number – 100 for any query before entertaining such request.