Cons pose as police chief, ask cops to buy gift cards

  • | Wednesday | 29th November, 2023

Gurgaon: Some online fraudsters impersonating the Gurgaon police commissioner allegedly tried to cheat the DCP and other senior police officers, asking them to buy e-commerce gift cards. Police are trying to trace the accused.With a profile picture of police commissioner Vikas Arora, the fraudsters messaged DCP (east) on WhatsApp. Other officers, too, received similar messages and were asked to share details of the gift card with a value of Rs 50,000.Rakesh Kumar, the reader of DCP (east), filed a complaint with the cyber police station (east).A case was registered against unknown persons under relevant sections of the IPC and IT Act.The official mobile number of senior police officers is available on the website of Gurgaon police, and it is believed the fraudsters might have lifted the mobile number from this public platform, cops said.We also published the following articles recentlyCyber police warn public on fake toll-free numbersThe Thiruvananthapuram cyber police have warned the public to verify customer care and toll-free numbers of various governmental and non-governmental agencies before following instructions. The rising number of fraud cases involving fake numbers has prompted this precautionary notice. In the past seven days, three people have been cheated, and over the last two months, more than 20 people have fallen victim to these scams. Victims searching online for toll-free numbers were directed to fake pages where they were asked to share personal information and install certain applications. To prevent such fraud, people should directly visit agency websites for contact information and avoid sharing personal details over the phone.5 con shoppers with discount offers online, in police netFive people were arrested for their role in an online shopping scam in Nuh. The accused posted fake e-commerce posts and ads on social media to deceive and cheat targets. They used cyber tactics, created fake shopping pages, and ran fake ads on Instagram, Facebook, and WhatsApp. They engaged targets through online chats, directing them to make payments via Paytm and PhonePe. The accused used fake SIM cards and sold them to other cybercriminals. The police believe the arrested team is part of a larger network of cybercriminals involved in similar scams.2 cyber frauds who conned many across country in police netTwo men were arrested for using fake social media accounts to defraud people in cyber fraud cases. The scammers used SIM cards linked to several fraud cases across the country, cheating people of over Rs 9.42 crore. The accused posed as the complainant on Instagram and asked her followers to credit money to their accounts. The complaint led to an FIR and the accused were charged with cheating and dishonesty. The accused were traced to Bareilly and Alwar, and seized mobile phones and SIM cards revealed their involvement in cybercrimes amounting to Rs 9.42 crore.

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