From illegal transactions on internet to online shopping fraud, reports of people falling prey to online fraudsters are often hitting the headlines. Even though government agencies create awareness programmes, there has been no check on the rising trend of online fraud.
The most common scenario of online fraud is cybercriminals stealing hard-earned money or personal property of people. So, how can we stay safe from these cyber criminals?
A new online fraud is now rampant on WhatsApp where the fraudsters send a link on the same and advise the users to click the link offering free mobile phone recharge. The criminals send messages with malicious links via WhatsApp.
Apart from falling prey to these scams, the trend of people forwarding such messages without verifying the facts is reportedly compounding the problem.
Meanwhile, the PIB has come up with a video sharing the basic details for people to save themselves from the online scamsters. In the video, it has categorically mentioned not to:
- Fall for fake mobile recharge offers
- Click on suspicious links as it could lead to data and information theft
- Get engaged with such links like ('free recharge')
- Click on any malicious URL might direct you to websites that may contain malware
What to do in case you get such a fake message?
1. Do not click on any link
2. Do not forward the message
3. Do not provide personal information
4. Delete the message
We know 'free internet data offers' can be enticing but sometimes things are just too good to be true.— PIB Fact Check (@PIBFactCheck) August 10, 2022
With this #PIBFactCheck, let's take a look at some important tips that will help you stay clear of online recharge frauds! pic.twitter.com/0Gsv1K0wTO
You go for online or offline transactions, fraudsters will always be there waiting for the moment when you will make a mistake. Hence, the best solution is to be aware of day-to-day safe and best payment gateways.