Be Careful of these Potential Online Scams

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With services like WhatsApp and other such messaging platforms, communication has become easier and highly convenient. But, as these services gain popularity, they start attracting a whole lot of scammers and criminal minds. This post tells you about two types of potential online scams that you must watch out for.

A couple of days back, I came across a WhatsApp message which goes like this:

“Any vehicle on the road, if you want to know the name of the owner, it is very simple. Just type VAHAN space Vehicle No and send to 7738299899, you can get the owner of the vehicle in return SMS, thanks to “DIGITAL INDIA” it will be easy to complain on vehicles who do not follow traffic rules, and commit Road Accidents. Please share…”

So, we ran some background checks on this lest anything fishy is going on. It seems that this number is genuine and has been devised by the Transport Road Ministry of the country. The Times of India quotes “While buying a used car or any other vehicle, you can now check its genuineness simply by sending an SMS to 7738299899 from your mobile phone…” Now, with little analysis, it can be understood that the above message might be a misguided version of what has been quoted in the news. Nevertheless, there’s no harm done, because the number is genuine.

To continue, here is another incident about a post that I saw recently on my LinkedIn page. It read:

I am into recruiting, and I can get you job prospects of various positions in Finance, Software, Banking, Marketing, Logistics, Media, Fashion and more. If interested, ping me your number and we’ll get in touch.”

As expected, many LinkedIn users posted their phone numbers in the comment section of this post.

Coming to the main point, why have we put together these two incidents?

About the first incident, there is no two ways about the fact that this message is most likely going viral and many people might have even tried texting to the number, without verifying the information. And this habit of ours to act on something sensational without thinking, is what encourages online scammers. It will be wise to assume that cyber criminals will be crafting similar messages and propagating them on WhatsApp and other such messaging platforms. And the contact details that they might provide, be it a phone number or an email address, will be used to get your phone number and email address. And using this very information, they might target you in the future.

Talking about the second incident, we don’t know how genuine is the LinkedIn post or the person who has posted it. It is not surprising to know that LinkedIn, like many other social networks, is also riddled with fake profiles. We had discussed about this topic in length in one of our earlier posts. So, assuming that the post mentioned above is fake, then users who had posted their phone numbers, have basically furnished the same to an online scammer. Moreover, by mentioning their numbers publicly, they have, in any case, allowed hackers and other scammers record the information.

Bottom Line

Before acting on any social media post, text message, call, etc., that requires you to share your information or reveals your information, think and run a background check first. Your phone number, name, date of birth, etc., might be a bunch of ordinary information for you, but for cyber criminals, they are pure gold. Stay safe!

Rajiv Singha

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Girish
Girish
5 years ago

sir you mention that “run a background check first.” how it can be done ?

RAJESH
RAJESH
5 years ago

Dear sir,

My Friend received mail yesterday and download attachment. After downloading the attachment all files of the PC .xls & .doc converted as .xls.micro and same doc files also. Now he is not able to open any file,which contain important files. Now what to do Pl. Suggest.
Regards
Rajesh

Rajib Singha
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5 years ago
Reply to  RAJESH

Hi Rajesh,

Thanks for reporting this. Our support engineers would gladly help you with it. Please visit https://bit.ly/QHSupport and click ‘Chat with Us’. You can also raise a ticket at https://bit.ly/Askus and we will get back to you at the earliest.

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Sujit
Sujit
5 years ago

Girish,

instead of fooling your self, do some verification before sharing own personal details.

like as he explain about VAHAN key word, before sending message first check is it really unique key which shared by gov. if no doesn’t make sense to use this type of Digital India facility.

Thanks Rajiv for sharing incident.

Rajib Singha
Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  Sujit

Thanks Sujit for reading our post, and for the feedback.

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Lajaras Mhaske
Lajaras Mhaske
5 years ago

Will you please mention how to carry out back ground check?

Rajib Singha
Admin
5 years ago
Reply to  Lajaras Mhaske

Hi Lajras,

Thank you for reading the post. BY background check, we mean that you verify the information by doing a research on it via Google or by inquiring among your friends.

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gajanan pande
gajanan pande
5 years ago

good

mukesh kuriya
mukesh kuriya
5 years ago

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5 years ago
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sukanta mandal
sukanta mandal
5 years ago

I can not able to update.This msg display” The version of Total security you have is up to date. Use Quick update regularly to keep your copy updated” but Protection is out of date. What will I do?

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5 years ago
Reply to  sukanta mandal

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Krishna Kumar Bawanker
Krishna Kumar Bawanker
5 years ago

Sir,mai quikheal ka hamesha ka grahak hu.
asha hai achhi seva denge.
Dhanyawad

Dipak Malakar
Dipak Malakar
5 years ago

I can not able to update.This msg display” The version of Total security you have is up to date. Use Quick update regularly to keep your copy updated” but Protection is out of date. What will I do?

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5 years ago
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Ashim Roy
Ashim Roy
5 years ago

dear sir,
i have downloaded the latest version of guardian anti-virus successfully.but during installment of anti virus,a new page is appearing for un-installment of previous version of 2104.
so, when i am going to un-install the previous version,the system is wanting the secured password.but i do not know the password.kindly help me.

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5 years ago
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kalyan nath
kalyan nath
5 years ago

Dear Sir,
I had renewed 3 years service a year back . But last few months I am unable to find my anti virus in my system . Can you check your client data and get back to me.

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5 years ago
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Dhakan Kalpesh Kumar
Dhakan Kalpesh Kumar
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Michael
Michael
5 years ago

Thanks for this security guide post.
It is for real. I appreciate it.
Spammers please have a change of attitude so that you don’t die by your sword.

saleha
saleha
5 years ago

kickass torrent website is blocked so i was wondering if i should access it through a proxy website. is it safe? this has nothing to do with your article but i have very knowledge on this so plz reply. thanx.

Rahul Thadani
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5 years ago
Reply to  saleha

Hi Saleha,

You can access it through proxy websites, but you must do so at your own risks.

Regards.

visweswar rao
visweswar rao
5 years ago

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visweswar rao
visweswar_rao@yahoo.co.in

Rahul Thadani
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5 years ago
Reply to  visweswar rao

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