Many individuals have been duped by fancy and profitable ads on-line on social media websites like Fb, Instagram and Twitter. A lady from Bengaluru was duped of Rs 50,000 with the same modus operandi after she fell for an advert which provided two free ‘thalis’ for the value of 1. She was harmless sufficient to pay Rs 10 token quantity requested by the scamster on Fb.
Consultants consider the token cash is the catch. Within the identify of token advance fee for a web based service like meals supply, scammers can swindle lakhs from an individual’s checking account. The individual first sees a ‘Purchase-One-Get-One-Free’ supply in a web based commercial. Believing it to be a real advert, the individual calls on the quantity given within the advert. The quantity really belongs to a scammer who’s impersonating as a Buyer Care Govt of a well-liked meals outlet. He then sends a phishing web site hyperlink or a UPI hyperlink or a Google Kind the place the sufferer finally ends up submitting card or account particulars for the token advance fee which is nominal and as little as Rs 10.
He may make the sufferer obtain a distant entry app to see the cellular display. Utilizing the main points, he cheats the sufferer of a giant sum.
“Solely enter financial institution or card particulars on verified, safe web sites and apps. By no means enter PIN or password in Google Types and do not get tricked by heavy low cost provides,” advises Anyesh Roy, DCP-Cyber Crime unit of Delhi Police.
The persons are additionally suggested by consultants to name on real buyer care numbers which could possibly be discovered on verified social media accounts or corporations’ web sites.
“When you’ve got been cheated, instantly name on Helpline 155260,” the officer added.
A phrase of warning from safety businesses is to be vigilant and by no means fall for a proposal that sounds unreasonably profitable.