Cyber officials have said that various bogus schemes are being proposed to lure people into and trick those who lost their jobs or the businesses affected during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Interestingly, the scammer marked the registration fee according to the caste system of those who show an interest in getting the dealer.
On July 11, Indian Oil Corp Ltd tweeted, “We have heard that unauthorized persons / agencies are providing bogus #IndianOil RO concessions. We advise people to go to the nearest regional WTO office to authenticate or log on to http://petrolpumpdealerchayan.in for more information ”.
It has come to our knowledge that unauthorized persons / agencies are providing bogus #IndianOil RO concessions. We are … https://t.co/0FkSItnQ7X
– Indian Oil Corp Ltd (@IndianOilcl) 1626002471000
The scammer used the fake letterhead from the Indian Oil Corporation showing that its marketing division manager in Bandra issues an approval letter that approves the concession with the signature of the deputy general manager.
“Victims believe in schemes or fraudulent offers. The scammer has requirements through the letter asking victims to pay the registration fee through NEFT / RTGS / IMPS. The registration fee varies by caste. For the general category it is Rs 25,000, OBC Rs 22,500 and for SC / ST Rs 19,500 “, said the state cyber police.
In April, Mumbai Cyber Police arrested M Tech professional Sony Chaudhary (27), who ran a website building company, mithilainfo.com, used his knowledge in the wrong way to create fake sites. Corporate Web and used them to trick people into paying the deposit to sign a franchise or franchise agreement to get good returns.
Chaudhary was arrested in Darbhanga in Bihar on the basis of a complaint filed by Ceat Tires whose fake website with the dealership or franchise link was used to siphon off many lakhs of rupees. Cyber police suspect that the duped sum will amount to millions of rupees and many Indian states and cities have been duped.
Besides Ceat Tires, Chaudhary created 14 other fake websites from different companies and used it to dupe at least 100 people across the country to the tune of Rsb49 lakhs a year after the lockdown was imposed.
In February, the Mumbai Cyber Police warned people not to fall victim to offers posted on social media for Valentine’s Day. The false link of the offer is related to the reduced availability at star hotels and other products for the day.
Since January 29, dozens of Twitter users across India have asked Taj Hotels on its Twitter page about the “Taj Experiences Gift Card” —TAJ Hotel sent out 200 gift cards to celebrate Saint John’s Day. -Valentine. You can use this card to stay free for 7 days at any TAJ hotel.
Taj Hotels tweeted, “Hello, a website is promoting a Valentine’s Day initiative offering a Taj Experiences gift card via WhatsApp. We would like to inform you that Taj Hotels / IHCL has not offered such a promotion. Ask to take note and exercise caution.
Cyber expert Ritesh Bhatia said that users should be very careful with gifts offered online, especially when a festival or occasion is near. Hackers take the opportunity to install malware on devices or to collect a lot of personal information that can then be misused.