The Tripura Police issues an alert against a new type of cyber fraud through popular UPI payment applications such as Google Pay, Phone Pay and Paytm.
According to an official of the cyber crime unit of the police, the fraudster sends a fixed amount using these mediums and asks the recipient to return the money saying that the transaction was done by mistake.
As soon as the money is returned, the UPI ID gets hacked and the bank accounts linked to it are emptied in repeated transactions.
The Cyber Crime Unit also issued an advisory and advised people to return the money in cash in front of the local police station.
“Scammers are very quick in their ways to cheat people. Initially, they play victim card to win over the subject. We have received many such complaints recently and hence advisory has been issued,” said police.
Apart from this, there is a national intelligence network of cyber crime units of all state police which keep sharing new updates related to such crimes.
“Whenever we see a red flag being raised in the intelligence network, an advisory is issued. It is not necessary that the cases related to such crimes should take place in any one state only. All modalities are studied very carefully to prevent such cases from happening,” police informed.
According to the Cyber Crime Unit of Tripura Police, if anyone faces such a situation, he/she should ask the person transferring the money to reach the local police station with a valid ID and get the cash return.
Cyber Crime Unit has also alerted the public about the new scam in the guise of PAN card and Aadhaar link.
“We have noticed that some fake websites have come into existence which use Aadhaar and PAN data to do proxy transactions in one’s account. People are advised to link their PAN and Aadhaar card only through the official website” Police said.