Latest Cyber Fraud Scheme: Extortion Calls on WhatsApp Posing as Kidnappings

It’s unfortunate to hear about such incidents of cyber fraud, and it’s crucial for people to stay vigilant and informed about various tactics used by cybercriminals. Fake kidnapping scams, as described in this case, exploit the emotions and fears of individuals to extort money. Here are some general tips to help people protect themselves from falling victim to such scams:

Verify the Information: Always try to verify the information independently. In this case, the victim could have called other family members to confirm the well-being of his brother’s son before taking any action.

Stay Calm and Think: Cybercriminals often create a sense of urgency to pressure victims into making hasty decisions. It’s essential to stay calm and think critically before taking any action.

Don’t Share Personal Information: Be cautious about sharing personal information, especially financial details, over the phone or online. Legitimate authorities or family members would not ask for sensitive information in such a manner.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Enable two-factor authentication on your online accounts to add an extra layer of security. This can help protect your accounts even if login credentials are compromised.

Report to Authorities: If you believe you have been a victim of cyber fraud, report the incident to the local police and relevant cybercrime authorities. Prompt reporting increases the chances of tracking down the perpetrators.

Educate Yourself: Stay informed about common cyber threats and scams. Knowledge is a powerful tool in preventing falling victim to fraudulent activities.

Use Strong Passwords: Create strong and unique passwords for your online accounts. Avoid using easily guessable information, such as birthdays or names, and consider using a password manager.

Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Calls: Be cautious when receiving unsolicited calls or messages, especially if they involve urgent or alarming situations. Verify the identity of the caller before taking any action.

Educate Others: Share information about common cyber threats with friends and family to help them stay vigilant and protected.

Remember, awareness and caution are key in preventing cyber fraud. Always take the time to verify information and be skeptical of unsolicited communications, especially when they involve sensitive matters like kidnapping or emergencies.

About Seema Vishwas

An anchor with CNBC TV18 for almost 4 years. Also co-anchors prime-time market shows like Power Breakfast, Traders only, Markets Mid-day and NSE Closing Bell.

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