Soumya Prakash Pradhan

Fraudsters are very cunning when it comes to tricking unsuspecting people out of their hard-earned money.

With the advancements in technology today, people are increasingly falling victim to these types of scams, causing frustration and financial loss.

One prevalent scam involves counterfeit iPhones. These scammers lower the prices of these high-value Apple gadgets to target unsuspecting individuals.

They often advertise these modified iPhones on social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp, luring in potential buyers.

People are enticed by the reduced prices and purchase these iPhones without realising they are modified.

Upon using the smartphone, they unknowingly grant the scammer access to their personal information and permissions.

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Once the scammer gains control, they can transfer money from the buyer's accounts.

Another tactic involves the scammer gaining access to the buyer's device and contacting their relatives, friends, and contacts.

They fabricate stories, claiming emergencies or accidents, and ask for money to be sent urgently.

Unaware, the victim sends money, thinking they are helping a friend, but it ends up in the scammer's hands.

To avoid falling victim to such scams, it is crucial to be cautious.

  1. Always purchase smartphones from authentic and official sources.
  2. Install apps only from trusted sources like the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  3. Never download or install third-party applications.
  4. Additionally, enable two-step authentication on all accounts for added security.