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    Satpal Jaggi, a retired bank manager, received a call from an individual who identified himself as a bank telecaller in December 2019. He informed the senior citizen that his credit card would be suspended because he had not updated his KYC details. "After the fraudster said he would help update the KYC, my father panicked and exposed his card and bank information." "The fraudster syphoned off Rs49,999 immediately after he exchanged the details, followed by another Rs9,999," said Deepak Jaggi.


He said that when his 23-year-old son saw his grandfather sharing sensitive bank information over the phone, he became suspicious, and he was able to prevent a third fraudulent transaction. He later became depressed and committed suicide. Fortunately, the money was retrieved and added to the concerned individual thanks to the Police's relentless efforts.


Similarly, a 25-year-old Pune man was recently defrauded of Rs 1.28 lakhs after falling victim to an online scam while purchasing a used car. In May of this year, he met the online scam artists on an online resale website and decided to pay for the car in instalments. Three months later, as soon as the sum exceeded one lakh rupees, the dealers stopped responding to his calls.


Despite the fact that technology is improving and improving its security from hackers and scammers, these people still find a way to con people and steal their money with little effort. It is simple to conceal their location and present a uniform appearance using a mobile phone, gaining their confidence and luring them into the pit.


Fraud Alert

Scam is becoming a common term in India as it grows in popularity. These con artists can take several forms in order to gain your confidence and steal your money. As a result, it is our duty to keep ourselves safe and free from these thugs. Here are some of the most common scams that have occurred or are currently occurring in India.


Phishing

    Phishing is a technique used by con artists to obtain personal details. Typically, fraudsters send you emails with the name of a legitimate or well-known organisation. The main goal is to steal your financial information. Typically, there will be a connection attached to these emails. If you click on these links, a fake website will appear, asking you to provide sensitive information such as your credit card number, UPI code, or OTP code, or some other information.


Phishing Attack

Online Shopping Portals

    It's one of the most well-known and widespread internet scams. Scammers created fake online shopping portals with the purpose of defrauding and stealing money from unsuspecting victims. They usually present tempting items at the lowest price on the website to pique the customer's interest. 


The shipped product, however, is either fake or not delivered at all after the payment process is completed. Under these plans, there will be no refund or return policies, and the customer will not have access to a proper helpline number. Cash on delivery is never accepted on these websites. 


It's one of the most well-known and widespread internet con games. Scammers created fake online shopping portals in order to defraud and steal money from unsuspecting victims. They usually present attractive items at the lowest price on the website to attract the customer's attention. 


However, after the payment has been processed, the shipped product is either fake or never arrives. Under these rules, there will be no refund or return policies, and the user will not have access to a proper customer service number. These websites never consider payment in cash when it comes to distribution.


Lottery fraud

    It is one of the most popular internet scams all over the world. In this scam, a fraudster sends you emails and messages claiming that you have won a million-dollar lottery.


Fraudsters will ask you to submit money in the name of tax in order to collect lottery money. And if they ask you to spend money on bogus websites in the name of registration, when you attempt to make a payment on those websites, your confidential information such as bank account numbers will be stolen.


Work from Home scams

    It is one of the most heinous crimes committed on the internet. Scammers target people who are desperate to work from home in order to supplement their income. They used to tell people that working a few hours from home would earn them a lot of money. They will first ask you to pay a deposit for the scheme's registration if you are looking for work. They will sever all of your ties after the money is deposited.


Matrimonial scams

    People nowadays use online dating sites to find their life partner. However, they lose a significant amount of money when searching for life partners on matrimonial websites. By building false accounts or profiles, fraudsters are essentially searching for unwitting victims. Scammers first persuade victims to believe them, after which they fabricate tragic tales about innocent people and ask for money as a favour.


Danger Alert

OLX Scams

    These types of scams are very popular these days, and many people have lost their hard-earned money as a result of them. Scammers pose as any public official and advertise their services on the website. They take advantage of people's emotions in the name of a public official. They deceive customers by showing them fake identification cards, then asking for an advance payment and promising to deliver the product as soon as possible. But, after obtaining payment, they never deliver the product and even cut off all ties with the customer.


Social media Scams

    Scams and frauds on social media are among the most popular scams around the world. Most teenagers fall victim to this scheme, in which scammers attempt to get close to ordinary people in order to make them fall in love with them, and then they demand a large sum of money by blackmailing them by sharing their private photos on social media. This situation falls under the categories of cyberbullying and extortion. 


Social Media

Also, these fraudsters could create a fake account in your name and send friend requests to your friends, talk about random topics, and ask for money, giving the impression that you borrowed the money. They won't know they've been duped until they meet in person to talk about it. 


Do not believe everything you see on WhatsApp and do not forward it to others. 


According to a survey by the Internet and Mobile Association of India, India has the second-highest number of internet users after China, with 451 million active users. Since there are so many active users, online scams are common. 


There are some preventive steps you can take to avoid being a victim of digital fraud, including being alert, downloading security software, tightening privacy settings, and informing the cybercrime branch.

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