Rural cops warn of online scams | Kochi News
“The Rural Cyber Police Station is receiving multiple complaints from victims who have lost huge sums of money by falling for the tempting offers of North Indian thugs. Many scams take place where scammers create a Facebook profile identical to a person to later target that person’s friends. After making friends with his/her friends using this fake profile, the scammer looks to them for cash loans,” said a rural police officer.
The rural police said another way of carrying out such scams is through blackmail, by befriending a person online to the point that he or she shares private details with the scammer. Rural SP K Karthick said maintaining high vigilance in the cyber world is key. “It is ideal that social media users take advantage of all these security features that the platform offers. Blocking profiles is a good habit. If one of your friends sends you a message on social media asking for cash advances, confirm the request directly with that person before transferring any money,” police said.
Police said scammers even send victims physical scratch and winning cards to gain trust. “Scratch and win cards are sent saying it is a reward for making a purchase on e-commerce sites. In one such case, a person “won” 25,000 rupees through such a card but ended up losing up to 80,000 rupees in processing fee,” an official said.