Shillong (Meghalaya):In the past few years, a large number of people have been duped through social media Facebook and even through ATM card and regular incidents has once again forced the police to issue an advisory .
Notwithstanding the fact that several advisories have been issued by this Office on cases of cheating with regard to cyber crime, however complaints of falling prey to such crime are still being received. All public are once again cautioned not to provide ATM No. and the three digit CVV/CVC number which is on the front and reverse side respectively, of the ATM Card. Caller usually pose as Bank Officials and speak eloquently in English or Hindi on Banking matters. These calls mostly emanate from fraudsters hailing from the Jharkhand-Bihar belt.
Meghalaya Police have cautioned social media users especially those on Facebook to check their profile settings and allow access to only known persons so as to not fall prey to unscrupulous persons who ask for intimate photographs or videos and eventually resort to blackmail for money. It is cautioned that most fraudsters after having communicated with the victim over a period of time, use the ploy of being held up in an Airport and say they would be released only if a fine is paid to the authorities. It is urged, that public should immediately go to the nearest Police Station for any clarification or complaint on such matters. Confidentiality will be maintained on their request.
Police have also cautioned not to fall prey to callers who pose as online Naaptol employees and inform that a prize for a vehicle has been won. Several payments are demanded to process the papers in order to get the prize after which the victims realize that they have been duped.
SP, Shillong city,Vivek Syiem in a press handout informed that in the past three years there have been 41 cases of cheating pertaining to Facebook and 92 cases pertain to ATM fraud and requested the public to be alert of such fraudsters who call up over phone/social media and not to give their personnel information over phone to such persons.
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