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How an iPhone 14 Pro Max proved unlucky for this man

A 23-year-old man, who runs a furniture business, won an iPhone 14 Pro Max and a lottery worth Rs. 36 lakh. At least, he thought he did.

| Updated on: Jun 18 2023, 18:25 IST
BEWARE! Here is how NOT to check your PF balance; man loses Rs. 1.23 lakh in scam
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1/7 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)
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2/7 This is how he lost money in this PF balance scam. He was searching for the EPOFO phone number on the Internet, but came across a fake phone number, according to Free Press Journal. He called it and the person there convinced him to download an app that provided the fraudster with remote access to his gadget. He also shared the code for making a payment. Before, the innocent man knew what happened, he had lost the whopping amount of Rs. 1.23 lakh! (Pixabay)
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3/7 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)
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4/7 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)
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5/7 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)
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6/7 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)
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7/7 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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Man duped in online scam, loses 4.26 Lakh in iPhone lucky draw fraud (HT_PRINT)

A 23-year-old man, who runs a furniture business, fell victim to an online scam involving a lucky draw for the iPhone 14 Pro Max and a lottery worth Rs. 36 lakh. As a result, he lost Rs. 4.26 lakh in a whopping 34 transactions approximately.

The victim had kept the money in his bank account for his sister's wedding when he received a WhatsApp message notifying him that he had won a lucky draw prize conducted by an electronic shop. According to the message, his parcel containing an iPhone 14 Pro Max had been generated. Trusting the message, he contacted the WhatsApp number that was provided.

The fraudsters behind the scam instructed him to pay taxes in order to claim the prize. For some reason, believing their false claims, the victim actually made 34 transactions totaling Rs. 4.26 lakh by May 26.

Realizing that he had been deceived when he didn't receive the promised prize, the victim approached the police. An official complaint has been filed, and the police have registered an offense under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as sections 66C (identity theft) and 66D (cheating by personation using a computer resource) of the Information Technology Act.

The complainant has provided the police with the details of the WhatsApp number used by the fraudsters to contact him, as well as the beneficiary accounts where he transferred the money.

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First Published Date: 18 Jun, 18:24 IST