Delhi Police is warning everyone about fake KYC messages: Here's what you need to know

    The cybercrime cell has also shared sample messages that the fraudsters are sending for duping users.
    By HT TECH
    | Updated on May 22 2021, 08:45 PM IST
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    The cybercrime cell of Delhi Police is warning citizens about a potential scam wherein fraudsters are duping innocent users by asking them to verify their numbers owing to Know Your Customer (KYC) issues.

    In a post on Twitter, Delhi Police’s cyber-crime cell says that fraudsters are sending fake messages to users claiming that their SIM cards will be blocked if they do not call on the phone numbers given in the message.

    “You may receive a fake SMS claiming your SIM will be blocked due to KYC issues. These have numbers on which people are asked to call,” Delhi Police wrote in its post.

    The cybercrime cell has also shared sample messages that the fraudsters are sending for duping users. “Dear Customer Your AIRTEL SIM eKYC Has Been Expired Today Please Call Customer Care Number 7477363804 Immediately Your Airtel SIM will be Deactivate within 24 hours Thank You for choosing Airtel,” one such message says. Apart from the above-mentioned phone number, fraudsters, as per the screenshots shared by the organisation, are also asking users to call on 7815059531 and 7604015471.

    In its post, Delhi Police’s cyber-crime cell has also shared some tips that are aimed at helping users avoid such scams. The organisation is asking users not to call on such fraud numbers, never to download an app as per their instructions, and never to make a payment to fraudsters.

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    It is worth noting that the post comes just a day after Airtel CEO Gopal Vittal warned users against the increased number of cyber frauds in India. “Please note that Airtel does not sell VIP numbers on the phone and will never ask you to download any third-party apps. In both instances, please immediately call 121 to confirm,” the Airtel CEO wrote in his message.

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    First Published Date: 22 May, 08:45 PM IST
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