According to the victim, he did not pay heed and entered his PIN by clicking on the message written ‘Pay’ on WhatsApp. After entering the PIN, Rs 29,500 was withdrawn from his account three times. On this, when he realized that he was cheated, he lodged a report on June 9 at Sarojininagar police station.
Be alert when scanning or sending QR codes. Cyber fraudsters are making people their victims every day on the pretext of sending money. Something similar happened with Sunil Kumar Srivastava, the chief office superintendent of the railways living in Sarojininagar area. The fraudster called him on June 6 and, talking as one of his senior officers, cheated him of Rs 29,500 by pretending to send the QR code and then accept the payment in the name of sending money.
According to the victim, the caller had told him to give money to someone in Lucknow, posing as his officer. For this, he was asked to send the QR code of Google UPI to send money online. Treating the fraudster as his official, he sent the QR code on WhatsApp. On this the fraudster bluffed that the money is not being transferred, he should accept the payment.
According to the victim, he did not pay heed and entered his PIN by clicking on the message written ‘Pay’ on WhatsApp. After entering the PIN, Rs 29,500 was withdrawn from his account three times. On this, when he realized that he was cheated, he lodged a report on June 9 at Sarojininagar police station. Sunil says that the mobile phone of the fraudster is on. He is threatening to call that nothing will happen to him.
After all, how does the fraudster have all the information?
According to the victim Sunil, he had all the information about the officer as the fraudster had called. After all, how did the fraudster have all the information about him and the officer. SP Cyber Crime says that in most cases cyber fraudsters have some information about the victim. They get this information in different ways.
150 frauds happening every month through QR code
According to SP Cyber Crime Triveni Singh, 150 to 200 fraud cases are being reported every month through QR code. He told that when we send a QR code to someone, then the chances of getting money out of our account are negligible. Now the fraudsters have come up with a new way. To send money, he asks for a QR code from a person and then hacks his phone by sending a link on the pretext of not transferring money and withdraws money from the account.
Many times, after asking for the QR code, the fraudsters send another QR code to the victim after generating the payment after getting caught in the conversation and asking to accept it, they blow money from the account. SP Cyber Crime says that Sunil Kumar Srivastava may have also been victimized in one of these ways.
keep these things in mind
- If someone sends a QR code through payment apps or social media, do not scan it.
- Get alerted if you are asked to input the UPI PIN from an unauthorized place or which you are not aware.
- Seller should refrain from accepting payment requests of any kind. For this, you should always give your UPI registered phone number or UPI ID to the sender of money.
- In phishing fraud, the fraudster sends a link to the victim and asks him to click on it. On clicking on it, the option to select any UPI app present in your phone appears. As soon as you allow it. Rs. is deducted from the account. Therefore, avoid scanning any link or QR code.