Punjab Police warns citizens beware of fake messages on whats app, other social media

Chandigarh, July 25, 2020: The DITAC of Punjab Police
State Cyber Crime Cell has warned the citizens
not to click on a URL message being circulated
via instant messaging services like SMS or
Whats App which talks about free Covid relief
package of Rs. 2,000 given by the Government
to each citizen.
Disclosing this, an official spokesperson of the
Punjab Bureau of Investigation said these kind of
phishing attacks could permit cybercriminals to
assume control of your device by logging your
keystrokes, or access your own data and money
related information, which could lead to emptying
out your bank account.
He said the body of the message being circulated
in social media is like “The Government has
finally approved and have started giving out free
Rs.2,000 Relief Funds to each citizen. Below is
how to claim and get your credit instantly as I
have just did now https://covid19-
relieffund.com/. You can only claim and get
credited once and it’s also limited so get yours
now instantly.”
He said once anyone opens the page after clicking
on the URL, it shows a congratulatory message.
“Get free Rs 7,000 instantly to your bank
account. Please complete the survey to avail free
lockdown relief funds.”
Along with the congratulatory message, there
is a question asking if are you a bonafide Indian
citizen?
After answering the questions, it is observed
that the link actually contains a questionnaire
asking your several other details such as “How
much can sustain you throughout their login?
What will you use free Rs.7000 for?”
After that you will receive a congratulatory
message of getting Rs 7,000. You will get a link
for sharing this message to other groups and contacts.
The Bureau has urged the people to remain
extremely cautious in this regard and not to click
on suspicious URL links on social media platforms.
“If anyone come across any such message,
through any social media platform, don’t not forward
it to others but delete it immediately.
Clicking on such links pose high risks because it
could be malware which could redirect you to
other fraudulent sites which may lead to financial
loss to the user,” he cautioned.
The spokesperson further exhorted the public
not to forward any news or links without verifying
the authenticity whether any official
announcement had been made about it on a genuine
website.
“Any information in this regard or any other
cyber crime can be shared with the State Cyber
Crime Investigation Centre on email ID
ssp.cyber-pb@nic.in to enable the department to
take suitable legal action against the criminals
indulging in such fraudulent acts,”he added

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