Bengaluru woman loses Rs. 25,000 in online food delivery scam: know how to stay vigilant online | Tech News

Bengaluru woman loses Rs. 25,000 in online food delivery scam: know how to stay vigilant online

A Bengaluru woman lost Rs. 25,000 in a food delivery app scam. It can happen to you and so, protect yourself against online fraud.

| Updated on: Aug 14 2023, 12:18 IST
BEWARE! Here is how NOT to check your PF balance; man loses Rs. 1.23 lakh in scam
1/6 In a shocking turn of events, when a man was looking to check his PF balance online, he was caught by fraudsters and lost Rs. 1.23 lakh! (Reuters)
2/6 In short, do not check PF balance by searching online and clicking on random links or talking to anyone. Just remember, EPFO will never ask you to make any payment or download any app or even ask you for any payment code or OTP. So, if you want to know how to check PF balance online, we explain it here. (HT_PRINT)
3/6 How to check PF balance Via UMANG App - For checking PF Balance via UMANG App, you will first have to download the app and then log in by entering your UAN and OTP (one-time password) to check the PF account balance. (UMANG Twitter)
4/6 How to check PF balance Via Text Message – EPFO members whose UANs are registered with EPFO can check their PF balance by sending a text message (SMS) to 7738299899 by typing 'EPFOHO UAN ENG' using your registered mobile number with the UAN (Universal Account Number). It can be noted that the last three digits of the message represents the language in which you want to receive the message. (Pixabay)
5/6 How to check PF balance Via Missed Call – Members also have the option of checking the PF balance via call. Registered users can give a missed call to 011-22901406 from their UAN registered mobile number after which they will receive an SMS with details of the PF account balance. (Unsplash)
6/6 How to check PF balance Via EPFO website - Visit the EPFO portal and click on the ‘For Employees’ option under the ‘Our Services’ dropdown menu. Click on 'Member Passbook' and enter your UAN and password. Once you do so you will be able to see your passbook. It can be noted that people who have worked in more than one organisation will have different member IDs to choose from. (MINT_PRINT)
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Bengaluru Woman falls victim to online food delivery scam, loses Rs. 25,000 to fraudster posing as app employee. (Pexels)

In recent times, India has witnessed a surge in online scams, leaving many innocent individuals facing financial losses. Common scams include YouTube video likes, Telegram-assigned tasks, and deceptive work-from-home job offers. Now, a new kind of scam has emerged, affecting those who frequently order food from delivery apps.

A recent incident reported by Business Today highlights a distressing case from Bengaluru. Shilpa Sarnobat, a 64-year-old resident of Nagawara, ordered food through a delivery app on August 6. Soon after placing her order, she decided to cancel it. However, the app imposed a cancellation charge. Sarnobat received a call from an unknown number on August 8. The caller claimed to be a customer care representative from the food delivery app and promised to refund her cancellation fee.

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Trusting the caller's authenticity, Sarnobat followed their instructions. She downloaded an app as per the caller's guidance and shared her bank details. Within a short period, 25,000 vanished from her bank account. Realising the deception, she attempted to contact the caller, but received no response. She eventually reported the incident to the local police.

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To shield yourself from online scams, consider these precautionary steps:

1. Use Trusted Apps: Install reliable apps to safeguard against scams, such as "Fraud Alert" by CERT-In, "mSafe" by NCSAP, and Google's "Anti-Phishing App." These apps offer real-time alerts, security advice, and protection from phishing attacks.

2. Limit Personal Information: Exercise caution when sharing personal details online. Avoid divulging sensitive data like phone numbers, email addresses, and bank account information to unfamiliar sources.

3. Question Unsolicited Requests: Be sceptical of emails and messages requesting personal data. Scammers often use such tactics to steal sensitive information.

4. Source Verified Apps: Download apps exclusively from trusted sources like official app stores. Refrain from downloading from third-party platforms.

5. Maintain Software Updates: Regularly update your software to benefit from security patches that guard against malware and other threats.

6. Verify Claims: Disregard offers of free gifts from unknown individuals. Avoid making online payments without proper verification of the source.

As the digital landscape continues to evolve, staying cautious and informed is essential to prevent falling victim to scams.

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First Published Date: 14 Aug, 11:50 IST