Scammers use fake messages offering jobs, loans and e-kyc to trap victims online | Bhopal News
Cops do from time to time advise aware individuals not to blindly trust such messages or click on links sent through them. They said that every business organization, bank or service provider sends promotional messages through a registered bulk messaging service that displays a “header” instead of the number in the mobile messaging application. On the other hand, the scam messages sent by scammers show their private mobile number instead of the header. The most important precaution one should take is that they should not trust messages sent from unknown private numbers.
Jitendra Singh (not her real name), a resident of Awadhpuri, works as a manager in a private company. He received a message from a private number on his cell phone. The message mentioned that if he wants to speak to local women, he should call the number provided. Jitendra started chatting with the woman and they became friends. A few days later, the woman lured him into “naked calling” and then recorded his video. Soon, Jitendra started receiving messages demanding money with screenshots of nude video calls. He initially paid the extortion of around 50,000 rupees, but when the demands started to escalate, he reported the matter to the Cybercrime Division.
Jitendra is not the only one who has been the victim of cybercrime through a message. A 20-year-old youth in Govindpura was trapped by a message offering him a job as a “gigolo” on an online dating site. He fell into the trap of clicking the link sent in the message. The scammer took 40,800 rupees from the victim and demanded another 48,000 rupees. The youth had paid the money without informing his family members. When he stopped paying, the accused began harassing him on the phone. The youth was fed up and committed suicide by hanging himself at his home on January 3.
ACP (Cyber-Crime Branch) Akshay Choudhary said that the many real dating apps operate legally, but online scammers send these messages in their guise to lure victims and then extort money from them. Many people report these incidents to the police, while many others choose not to report them for fear of social defamation. The most common scam messages are sent offering online loans, jobs, messages about redeeming reward points on credit cards, and online shopping offers. He said that the real promotional messages from companies or banks are sent through their header while most of the scam messages are sent through private mobile numbers. The scammers copy original messages and then send them through their numbers with a phishing link. He said that an average of around 500 cybercrime complaints are reported to the Cybercrime Unit each month. Police are currently investigating around 15 to 20 such complaints, in which online scammers extorted money from victims.
Speaking about precautions to be taken, he said people should not trust messages from unknown numbers. If such a commercial message or a message offering a service is received, individuals should check with the company or organization concerned. People should not click on unverified links they receive from such messages. If they receive such a message, they should report the matter to the Cybercrime Unit.