Fraudsters posing as Army men on social media dupe residents : The Tribune India

Tribune News Service

Sunit Dhawan

Rohtak, July 26

Taking advantage of the faith reposed by the common people in Army personnel, a number of cyber-cheats defraud unsuspecting residents by posing as defence personnel on the Internet-based social media.

Points to remember

  • No OTP is required to receive money from others
  • Don’t trust any unknown person who approaches to purchase property or get it on rent
  • Never rely on any website or social media platform blindly
  • Don’t take any decision regarding monetary transactions in a haste
  • Never download applications like Anydesk / Ammydesk / Teamviewer / Quick Support etc on being asked by an unknown person
  • Verify the credentials of the seller before buying anything through Facebook or OLX.
  • Never update the KYC details of digital wallet/account online
  • Never click on any link, nor scan QR code sent by an unknown person
  • Never search for the customer-care number of any digital wallet/insurance service etc on Google
  • In case of becoming a victim of an online fraud, lodge a complaint on or call the helpline number 1930. Complaints may also be lodged at the Cyber Police Station or Cyber Help Desk at a nearby police station

Such fraudsters post advertisements on different websites and/or social media platforms. Claiming to be Army officials, they maintain that they have been posted at a certain station and require a house on rent instantly.

As soon as someone offers his/her premises for rent, the conmen seek their UPI details, maintaining that these details are mandatory for cash transactions as per the Army protocol. “People fall prey to such cheats due to their trust in soldiers and share their UPI (GooglePay/PhonePay) details. As soon as they give these details, their hard-earned money is usurped by the fraudsters,” says Rohtak SP Udai Singh Meena.

He maintains that the Police Department issues advisories to prevent the residents from getting cheated by the cyber-criminals. “Residents should be alert and cautious and never share the details of their UPI/bank accounts to save their hard-earned money,” the SP states.

Medha Bushan, ASP, Sampla, points out that such fraudsters often use stolen or fake identity proofs of Army personnel and even post their photograph in Army uniform to convince the residents of their genuinity.

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