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A gang comprising of two Nigerians and two Indians have allegedly cheated some residents of Gurgaon through social media. One of the victims, who had befriended an unknown woman on Facebook has callously transferred Rs 32 lakhs into a bank account (supposedly of the woman) that was later discovered to be fake. Apparently the money was transferred as the victim was lured into a business (fake) partnership of selling herbal seeds.
The Gurgaon cops have already arrested the two Nigerians and is on the lookout for the Indians. In the wake of this incident, the police have cautioned the residents to be alert and cautious about online frauds. The Police Commissioner of Gurgaon has asked the city residents to be wary of unauthorized and fake agents calling on behalf of banks, insurance and finance companies. He urged them never to share bank account details, user ids and passwords with strangers.
The conmen often create fake internet accounts and coax unsuspecting people to divulge confidential details.
Speaking to City Spidey, Commissioner of Police, Sandeep Khirwar said, “We urge people to be careful while divulging information and making friends on Facebook. The Cyber Cell is working on the case and we soon expect a breakthrough.”
Some important precautionary steps to prevent online frauds
·Do not disclose your personal details online or on social networks.
·Do not respond to suspicious emails asking for your personal details and never disclose your bank, credit/debit card details and PIN numbers to anybody online or offline.
·Ensure you use adequate updated antivirus software.
·If you receive a request from a friend or family member asking you to transfer money to them (because he/she is stranded on a holiday somewhere) contact them by phone to verify whether the request is genuine before sending any money or providing personal details.
·Regularly check your credit card or bank statements to ensure that suspicious transactions are detected.
·Never share any documents containing personal information, such as credit card and bank statements.
·Log in directly onto the websites you are interested in rather than clicking on links provided in an email.
·Read your bank/credit report from time to time to track any suspicious changes.TAGS: Cyber crime / Nigerian / Facebook / Herbal seeds / Police Commissioner of Gurgaon / Credit card / Debit card / Antivirus software / PIN
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