IEP Chandigarh, September 28
Haryana Police has issued an advisory urging citizens not to share any information or respond to phone calls from unknown numbers showing fear of deporting their relatives from abroad.
Sharing the information here today, a Haryana Police spokesperson informed that cyber offenders are using various tactics to dupe people. A new trend of cyber crime has come to the fore in which thugs have started targeting those whose relatives/children are either living or studying abroad.
In one such case, a complaint in Panchkula district told that his nephew is studying in Canada. According to the complaint, the victim’s wife received a call on from an unknown number in which the caller introduced himself as her nephew and said that he had been caught up in a fight with someone during the party. Other person has been injured in the fight and if he is not given medical treatment, police will take action. Coming to the words of thugs, the complainant has transferred a total amount of Rs 7.5 lakh to the thugs in three installments. Realizing the fraud, he lodged a complaint on 1930. The cyber team immediately freezed the transaction of Rs 2.5 lakh.
Similarly, in another case, a person was duped of 6 lakh by cyber scammer by pretending himself to be a nephew living abroad under the same modus operandi, in which the cyber team saved Rs 2.5 lakh after a complaint filed on 1930.
Additional Director General of Police, Crime, Sh. OP Singh, said that every person who is connected through any digital medium (be it social media or internet banking) is the target of cyber thugs. With the changing scenario, cyber thugs have also changed their tactics to dupe people. Having children and relatives abroad has become a common thing nowadays and cyber criminals are succeeding in their plans by showing fear of deporting them. Cautioning people to be aware of such scammers, he said that the public has to take care that social media accounts are kept locked. Try to limit your Personal Information on Social Networks. Don’t be hasty on calls coming in the name of foreign relatives. Be completely satisfied first and only then take any action. If, however, you still become a victim, register your complaint immediately on 1930.