Express News Service

COIMBATORE: A spurt in online financial frauds recently has prompted the Coimbatore cybercrime police to swing into action. The police have found that the fraudsters operate from northern States and have decided to investigate the cases with help from the concerned State police. They have also intensified the efforts to create awareness among the public on such bogus links and calls.

The modus operandi of the fraudsters is to send fraudulent web links of banks or network service providers to their victims make frantic phone calls to them asking to update their KYC details, get them to enter the fraudulent website and update their bank account details and one-time password and then swindle the money from their bank accounts.

“It came to light that the fraudster gangs behind such scams operated from northern States, mostly Jharkhand and Bihar. We have planned to compile the files of such cases and investigate them with the help of the concerned State police,” said S Jayadevi, Inspector of district cybercrime police. Four such complaints had been received in the last one month, she said.

A victim who lost Rs 56,000 to the scamsters said, “On September 7, I received a text claiming to be from Airtel. It asked me to update my KYC for online access to pay my bills. Since I usually pay my bills online, without suspecting, I opened the link. Soon, I got a call and the caller instructed me to visit the link that he would send for…

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