The advent of technology has made our lives really easy. With the help of technology, we can do a wide variety of things just by sitting at home. Be it buying clothes, groceries, paying utility bills or booking tickets, we prefer doing it online as it is convenient and time-saving. Not just the above-mentioned, technology also helps us do various processes at just the click of a button.
But, the sad part is as many people prefer online transactions; online frauds are also increasing each day. Fraudsters target people who carry out online transactions, to cheat them and make quick money. Not just innocent people are falling trap prey to online frauds, even people who are well educated are getting cheated. Recently, a mechanical engineer working in Bengaluru was cheated of Rs 1 Lakh while trying to renew his driving license online.
The driving license issued by the RTO is valid only for a certain number of years. After this, it is mandatory to renew the existing license. The driving license can be renewed both online and offline. Here we will discuss how a person lost Rs 1 Lakh while trying to renew his driving license online.
Here is what exactly happened
A mechanical engineer working for a private company in Bengaluru wanted to renew his driving license. He searched for a KR Puram Regional Transport Office (RTO) on Google. He landed on a website where he found the helpline number to renew his driving license. When he called up that number, a person picked up his call and introduced himself as an employee of the RTO. The person spoke to the victim in Hindi and said that he would help him renew the driving license.
The fraudster asked the victim to follow the instructions provided by him. The fraudster told the victim that he should share the OTP, so that he can send him the web link for license renewal. Believing this to be true, the victim shared his OTP and clicked on the link provided in the SMS.
Within 24 hours of sharing his OTP and clicking on the link sent via SMS, the victim received many messages at midnight stating that Rs 89,993 was transferred from his HDFC account to four unknown accounts.
It is believed that sharing of the OTP and clicking on the link had allowed the fraudsters to hack the victim's Google Pay account and transfer money to their accounts.
Soon after the incident, the victim filed a complaint at the Whitefield Police Station, Bengaluru. After the complaint was filed, it was found out that the helpline number offered on the website was a fake.
This is not the only incident. There are many incidents where people lost hard-earned money by calling up fake helpline numbers.
How to avoid this kind of fraud?
1. Never rely on the helpline numbers which come up on Google. Instead, you must visit the official website and collect the number. Make sure the website you visit is genuine.
2. Never share your sensitive information like card number, CVV, OTP, and other bank details with anyone.
3. Avoid clicking on the unknown links sent to you through SMS.
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