Cyber Fraud Through Misuse Of MTNL Name, Logo Over WhatsApp On The Rise, Delhi Police Warns

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The Delhi Police warned cellphone users about WhatsApp messages they had received under the guise of upgrading their KYC information.

The Delhi Police on Tuesday warned cellphone consumers against receiving WhatsApp messages under the guise of updating KYC information, citing an upsurge in cyberfrauds including the abuse of the MTNL brand and emblem.The Delhi Police warned cellphone users not to respond to such bogus messages on Twitter, claiming that the state-run telecom service provider does not perform KYC verification over WhatsApp.

“The notification “Dear Customer, Your MTNL Sim Card, Addhar, e-KYC has been suspended” should be taken seriously if you ever receive one.Within 24 hours, your sim card would be blocked.Call right away”, Delhi Police reported.

“Beware!Mobile customers receive WhatsApp messages from miscreants under the guise of KYC updation to retrieve confidential information, according to a sharp rise in fraudulent incidents where @MTNLOfficial’s name and logo are being used to commit cyber fraud, the Delhi Police tweeted from its official account.

The Delhi Police encouraged people not to provide personal information in the event that they receive such messages and cautioned them against clicking on unverified links in order to prevent falling victim to such scams.

The police officers advised against downloading any suspicious-looking apps, and they emphasised that MTNL does not perform KYC verification over WhatsApp.

The police advised victims to call 1930 or go to the closest cyber police station in the event of any such cyberfraud.

Following their arrest in March for defrauding investigators by fraudulently transferring money worth crores from digital wallets to their accounts, the Pune police filed a charge sheet against a former IPS officer and a cyber expert last month in connection with an alleged multi-crore cryptocurrency fraud.

Due to the technical nature of cryptocurrencies, Patil, who had voluntarily retired from the Indian Police Service, and Ghode were hired by the Pune police to look into two crimes that had been reported in 2018.

According to the police, Patil transferred some of the cryptocurrencies in his account throughout the course of the inquiry, and Ghode gave them screenshots of the accounts by fiddling with the numbers.

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