kochi: Cyber ​​Frauds Get Innovative: Police | Kochi News

Kochi: The pandemic has made even those who used to detect tech-savvy gadgets. With more people now relying on digital devices, fraudsters are now trying to get rid of district police.
According to police, gifts from India Post, WhatsApp support survey, fake matrimonial accounts, online data entry portals, job offers through SMS, screen sharing apps, fake loan approval messages, etc. are among the new innovative methods employed by scamsters engaged in cyber fraud.
The police have been issued individual reports in Ernakulam. Kochi City police, a link to a fake website having the design of India Post was being circulated online. The website has a questionnaire and it asks the public to answer them correctly to win cash rewards. The scamsters will eventually ask for money for processing fee or registration fee. The police do not share the link or click on such links.
WhatsApp support survey. WhatsApp accounts by seeking OTP from users via phone calls or SMS messages. These will later be used for committing various crimes, the City police warned.
Ernakulam Rural police recently issued another advisory on scams through matrimonial websites. Police say that in such scams, scamsters are creating fake profiles on matrimonial websites. Later on they would demand money feigning some family emergency. Once money is loaned, the scamsters would go incommunicado, police said.
SMS messages. Police say that there are bogus job offers and those who respond to the fraudsters. Police have said that fraudsters are even getting victims to install screen sharing apps so they can temporarily take control of the persons’ mobile phone and later dupe him / her.
The latest NCRB report also shows that in 2020, the cybercrime cases are registered in the city was fraud. District police chief (Ernakulam Rural) K Karthick says the public should be cautious online to prevent such scams.
“Once a scam has taken place, one should not hesitate to approach the police. We will take quick action, including attempts to recover the lost money. At the same time, precaution is better. Public should be cautious about bogus offers and deals that are too good to be true, ”Karthick said.
He added that public awareness about cyber scams.


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