Police Urges People Not To Fall Prey To Cyber Frauds

Srinagar- The cyber wing of Police on Monday released a video with an aim to awaken the general public about the online cyber fraud taking place and ways to tackle it.

Sandeep Chaudhary, SSP, Cyber Crime Investigation, in a three minute long video explained the ways in which criminals trap innocent people and try to extort money from them.

“These days extortionists are using two ways to extort money from innocent people”, Chaudhary said.

He said people receive fraudulent messages on WhatsApp with a WhatsApp profile picture similar to that of their boss, coworker or a near one.

The extortionist later asks for an Amazon gift card worth thousands of rupees.

“When a user receives such a message, he or she should block the number immediately” SSP said.

He further said that another type of cyber fraud is also taking place which is sextortion.

“This type of fraud is destroying people’s personal, emotional and professional lives”

“People receive video calls on WhatsApp from unknown numbers wherein the victim gets to see a woman in an inappropriate position and the extortionist takes a screenshot from the call and tries to mint money from the person”

Sandeep further said that the extortionists try to scare people saying they are from the Police and mint money from them. In these cases ordinary people are the victims, not criminals.

In such cases people need not to worry and call the cyber helpline at 1930 and report to the cyber Police

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Syed Mohammad Burhan

Syed Mohammad Burhan has Masters in Mass Communications and works as City Reporter at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @syedmohammad313

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