Man loses Rs. 18 lakh in online job scam: Stay safe with these 5 tips

Online scams are on the rise in India and there seems to be nothing that can stop the tide. In the latest case, a Mumbai man has lost 18 lakh. To stay, you can follow these 5 tips.

| Updated on: Aug 27 2023, 17:14 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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A Mumbai man has fallen prey to an online jobs scam and lost a whopping Rs. 18 lakh: Know how to protect yourself from online frauds. (HT_PRINT)

In recent times, there has been a significant increase in online scams in India. People are getting caught up in the tricks of fraudsters, losing their money to intricate and flawlessly executed online scams. Many fall for the promise of easy earnings by taking up part-time jobs or completing tasks online. Scammers often reach out through WhatsApp, offering a chance to make money from home.

In the most recent case, a man from Mumbai became a victim of such a scam and lost around 18 lakh while trying to earn some extra cash online.

The Story of the Mumbai Man

As reported by PTI, a 48-year-old man from Kharghar was lured by scammers who promised quick money. He was asked to complete certain tasks for this. Initially, he did receive some money from these tasks. However, he ended up losing 17.9 lakh. He had transferred this money to different bank accounts, hoping for more returns, but sadly, he never got anything back. The victim revealed that the money was sent to four different bank accounts.

The cyber police station in Navi Mumbai took action based on the man's complaint and registered a case of cheating.

Such scams are everywhere and to make sure you do not fall easy prey to fraudsters online, you will have to be careful by adopting these tips.

Tips to Protect Yourself from Online Scams

Safeguarding yourself from scams like these is very important. Here are 5 simple steps to keep in mind:

1. Stay Alert: If you receive unexpected emails or messages that seem odd, be cautious. Approach them skeptically.

2. Don't Click Unknown Links: Avoid clicking on links from sources you don't know. These could lead you to unsafe websites or downloads.

3. Protect Personal Information: Never give important information to unknown callers, especially if they're asking for it over the phone or through texts. This especially applies to making money transfers.

4. Confirm Requests: Always verify requests, especially if they involve sensitive actions or information. If you're unsure, reach out to the organization or person directly through trustworthy means to confirm the legitimacy of the request.

5. Act Quickly: If you suspect a scam or phishing attempt, act fast. Delete the message or end the call without sharing any information.

Staying safe from such scams requires a careful and a thoughtful approach to unexpected offers. By following these steps, you can lower the chances of falling victim to online fraud.

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First Published Date: 27 Aug, 17:13 IST
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