As per the latest The Economic Times reports, 58% of online scams that occurred in India included monetary loss. Every day some person or the other may be losing their money to online fraud activities. News of such monetary loss is a frequent presence in news channels, with the latest being that of a businessman who lost 3 Lakhs. According to The Free Press Journal, the Mumbai-based businessman received a message from an unknown number having his friend’s photo as DP requesting money. Initially, he deposited money in the account provided by the fraudster. However, when the demands rose, he called the friend to cross-check, and it was only then he came to know that he had become a victim of WhatsApp DP fraud. He lodged a complaint by approaching the police.

WhatsApp DP is misused to commit crimes in many ways. People indulging in such scams can be called out, and complaints can be registered in the police station. Cyber cells are also active to attend to such complaints. The person whose DP is misused can also complain and can claim damages and compensation. A complaint can be filed with the concerned police station, with a copy sent to the area’s SP/DCP and, if applicable, the police’s cyber cell.

Whenever any of your acquaintances ask for money, call them directly and make sure that it is genuine. Even if it is a close friend of yours, do make a call as it hardly takes a minute or two. This way, one can ensure that the request made is genuine and thus not indulge in such…

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