Kochi: The pandemic has made even those who used to detest gadgets tech-savvy. With more people now relying on digital devices, fraudsters are now trying a slew of methods to dupe gullible users of huge amounts, warns the district police.
According to police, gifts from India Post, WhatsApp support survey, fake matrimonial accounts, online data entry portals, job offers through SMS, screen sharing apps, fake loan approval messages, etc. are among the new innovative methods employed by scamsters engaged in cyber fraud.
District police had been issuing individual advisories on each type of scams as and when they start to get reported in Ernakulam. As per the most recent advisory issued by Kochi City police, a link to a fake website having the design of India Post was being circulated online. The website has a questionnaire and it asks the public to answer them correctly to win cash rewards. The scamsters will eventually ask for money as processing fee or registration fee. Police in the advisory urges the public to not share the link or click on such links.
Another warning issued by the Kochi City police was on a bogus WhatsApp support survey. In this new mode of cybercrime, fraudsters would try to hijack WhatsApp accounts by seeking OTP from users via phone calls or SMS messages. These will be later used for committing various crimes, warned the City police.
Ernakulam Rural police recently issued another advisory on scams through matrimonial websites. Police say that in such…

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