Want to watch Avatar 2 free? Beware! This online scam could steal your money

If you’re an avid fan of free movie streaming, then listen up and listen well. A new scam could rob you of your money.

| Updated on: Mar 14 2023, 18:43 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 www.epfindia.gov.in 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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Free movie streaming scams are rising in popularity. (HT_PRINT)

If you're planning to watch recently released films which have earned plaudits at the box office, you better watch your back. One wrong click could steal all your money. Hackers and cybercriminals keep inventing new ways to scam users to steal their data and money. They lure in unsuspecting customers with the premise of various offers or schemes and scam them of their data and money. Moreover, new scams steal the victim's money by offering free movie streaming. A similar scam is doing the rounds where viewers who want to watch the latest Oscar worthy movies are getting scammed, according to security experts at Kaspersky.

How does the scam take place

Viewers who wish to watch movies such as Everything Everywhere All at Once, Avatar 2 and others for free are being lured in by scamming websites which ask for subscription fees to watch the movies and gain access to the platform. Unsuspecting customers who entered their secret details like their bank information exposed, which is then stolen by cybercriminals. This opens up your bank account to unauthorized financial transactions.

Olga Svistunova, a security expert at Kaspersky said, “The Oscars 2023 is lucrative for cybercriminals who intensify their malicious activity every year.”

How to stay safe

The rising scams are not limited to free movie streaming but free software and YouTube too.

Satnam Narang, Sr. Staff Research Engineer, Tenable said, “For well over two decades now, attackers have often taken advantage of users seeking out cracked or pirated software across the internet in various forms. As new technologies, social media platforms and search engines gained prominence, these attackers pivoted towards these new technologies to continue to target the subset of unsuspecting users seeking free versions of software that cost hundreds to thousands of dollars in order to infect them with malicious software.”

Kaspersky experts have also revealed tips to stay safe from such attacks. Kaspersky advises users to:

1. Pay attention to the official movie release dates in movie theaters, on streaming services, TV, DVD, or other sources

2. Check the authenticity of websites before entering personal data and only use official webpages to watch or download movies. Double-check URL formats and company name spellings.

3. Use a reliable security solution that identifies malicious attachments and blocks phishing sites.

4. Avoid links promising early viewings of content, and if you have any doubts about the authenticity of content check it with your entertainment provider.

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First Published Date: 14 Mar, 18:41 IST