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Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the nation-wide roll-out of the much-awaited COVID-19 vaccine, a new type of cyber crime has now come as a major concern for various law enforcing agencies across the country.

The Commissionerate Police in Odisha too has warned public to remain alert so that they do not fall victim to the new type of fraud which aims at siphoning of money from bank accounts.
In a tweet, the Commissionerate has appealed people not to respond to phone calls asking for COVID-19 vaccine registration.

Sources said that the cyber fraudsters are calling people on the pretext of registering them for the much-awaited COVID-19 vaccine.

“They first ask for various documents including Aadhaar and valid email ID. Later, to authenticate Aadhaar, they ask for OTP from people. When people share the OTP, money is siphoned from Aadhaar linked Bank Account,” tweeted Commissionerate Police.

A senior police said that the Cyber criminals are always on the lookout for their next target online.

In a latest, such fraudsters have come up with enticing offers to “pay and register” in getting priority to receive first CORONA VACCINE.

Such enticing offers are being sent to people through malicious links, mail, messages or phone calls. Experts have urged people to think twice before clicking on any such malicious links as there is a risk that they may get defrauded.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)


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