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Online job, huge pay? Beware! This woman lost 1 lakh; know the SECRET to catch c

A young woman who was lured by promise of an online job with huge pay ended up losing 1 lakh rupees to criminals. Know secret that will stop criminals.

| Updated on: Dec 26 2021, 08:49 IST
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Woman was lured by promise of an online job with huge pay, but instead lost a lot of money to cybercriminals. (Pixabay)

A young woman who was lured by promises of an online job with huge pay ended up losing over a lakh of rupees to fraudsters. The woman did exactly what no one should ever do when it comes to dealing with strangers online and messages received on phones. The woman was duped of as much as 1.13 lakh in Nagpur by fraudsters who had promised her an online job with huge pay. This was revealed by police on Saturday.

The 23-year-old woman has alleged in her complaint that a text message was sent to her phone on December 4 by a stranger. The sender of the message claimed to be a project manager for an e-commerce firm. The woman was offered an online job and an attractive pay was promised to her, PTI said.

The modus operandi

The salary promised was a huge 5,000 per day! The message asked the receiver to click on the link provided in the message. On doing so, it opened an online page. On the page was a request to register herself there. Without this step, the process of providing her the job could not be completed. The registration also required her to pay a certain amount of money.

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She paid and got herself registered, but the requests for more money kept coming in thereafter and the woman kept paying till finally she realised that it was a scam and that no job was forthcoming.

She approached the police and a case of cheating has been registered against the fraudsters under IPC section 420 and relevant provisions of the Information Technology Act. The police said that the probe is on to identify the culprits.

Know the secret on how to stop online scams

With India increasingly turning digital and work from home becoming increasingly popular, criminals too have started to look for victims to steal money from through cybercrimes. However, people can stop themselves from falling victim to online scams. Here is what you must focus on:

1. Do not click on any links sent to you by strangers. Links forwarded by friends and family to websites that you are unfamiliar with also must not be clicked on. Most probably the links have been sent by cybercriminals and no one should click on them.

2. In case you do click on any such link and find yourself on a website that looks like that of a very prominent e-commerce website, bank or other very popular corporate entity, you should be very careful as this could very well be a fake website that has been designed in such a way that it looks exactly the same as the official website of real companies and banks.

3. Do not get greedy. So, do not believe promises of job offers by strangers that have very attractive pay but which are quite unrealistic. In this case, 5000 per day should instantly have aroused suspicion.

4. Do not make any online payments on websites that require you to insert your bank username and password. Always check the URL of the company first. See if there is a symbol of a lock there and that the URL has an 's' in it. For example, https://. The 's' indicates that the connection is secure. If it is without an 's, like this, 'http://, then it is not secure and you should avoid it.

5. Always check for spelling and grammatical mistakes in the written text on these fake websites. You will find that the language is extremely poor, something that no legitimate website will allow.

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First Published Date: 26 Dec, 07:42 IST