Tribune News Service
Shimla, May 12
Taking advantage of the worsening Covid-19 situation, cyber criminals are defrauding people of their hard-earned money by promising them help in securing hospital beds, oxygen, plasma, anti-viral injections and medicines.
Keeping fraudsters at bay
- Do not click on suspicious link on the Internet
- Be careful while taking hospital and emergency numbers from the Internet
- Do not make advance payment without verification
- Avoid calls and chats from unknown numbers
Many criminals have circulated fake numbers on social media pretending to be employees of hospitals and are taking advance payment for providing various facilities. They have also come up with fake websites, e-commerce platforms, social media accounts and emails, claiming to be medical equipment dealers/health workers. ASP (Cyber Crime) Narvir Singh Rathore said the “thugs” sought payment through UPI. The cyber crime branch has asked people not to make any donations without proper verification, do not open camera in case of video call from an unknown number and take police help in case of threat or blackmail.