HSRP scam: Unsuspecting vehicle owners cheated via fraudulent website
News has recently emerged that a handful of vehicle owners seeking to apply for and receive high-security registration plates have been defrauded. Yep, according to a recent ETAuto report, vehicle owners who applied for the new vehicle registration plates were cheated: while the owners did make payments for the required service, i.e. new number plates as mandated by the authorities, they never received any service post the transaction. It must be noted that only people who made payments to one fraudulent website, namely, HSRPservice.online. It must be noted that the official government website for registering for HSRPs and/or colour-coded stickers is bookmyhsrp.com which is integrated with the country’s central Vahan database.
The ETAuto report notes that the website’s homepage now features the following message: “This site is privately owned and is neither operatedby, nor affiliated with, any government agency.” However, our attempts to access the website led us to a security warning by Google: “Attackers on hsrpservice.online may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards).”
The report notes some of the victims of the scam said that HSRPservice.online was the first link they came across on Google…