Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) recently issued a warning to its users about a fake Android app and website that have been created by scammers in attempts to steal sensitive information from users.

Scammers have created a fake version of the IRCTC app and website that looks very similar to the real one. This can make it hard for people to tell the difference between the two. 

These scammers are sending messages with links to the fake website or APK file of the fake app, claiming that it's the real one for booking train tickets from IRCTC.

How to avoid fake IRCTC apps and website scam:

Trusted app stores:

To stay safe, it's important to only download apps from trusted app stores like Google Play Store or Apple Store.

This will reduce the chances of downloading fake apps that could potentially harm your device or steal your sensitive information.

Use a secure connection:

Always use a secure connection when accessing any website or app. A secure connection is indicated by a padlock icon in the browser's address bar.

This will ensure that your sensitive information remains encrypted and protected.

Verify the URL:

Always check the website URL before entering sensitive information. Look for "https://" instead of "http://". The "s" in "https" means the connection is secure.

Update device OS and browser:

Keep your device's operating system and browser updated to the latest version. This will ensure that your device is protected against the latest security threats and vulnerabilities.

Check for misspellings and grammar errors:

Check for misspellings and grammar errors on the website or app. Scammers often make mistakes when creating fake websites, so if you notice any errors, it could be a sign of a fake website.