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Beware of the ‘Free Cycle Distribution Yojana’ WhatsApp message. It’s fake!

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 July 30, 2018

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As India’s Independence Day (15th of August) approaches, messages about free distribution schemes are doing the rounds on WhatsApp. Just recently, Quick Heal Security Labs detected a widespread circulation of one such message claiming that the Indian government will distribute free cycles to students on Independence Day, under the Free...

Beware of the Cadbury 70th anniversary scam on WhatsApp!

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 July 2, 2018

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If you have received (or receive) the below message on WhatsApp, then do not click on the link. It’s another of those ‘anniversary’ scams. First, some facts 1. Cadbury was founded in 1824. So, this year is its 194th anniversary (and not 70th) 2. Cadbury hasn’t announced any kind of...

Beware of the new WhatsApp message scam that promises Rs. 1000/- Paytm cash!

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 March 20, 2018

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WhatsApp currently has over 200 million monthly active users in India. No wonder it has become a popular tool for scammers. Just last night, I received the following message from one of my friends on WhatsApp. Fig 1 The message is in Hindi and loosely translates to this… Open this...

Do not fall for the WhatsApp message about Jio Prime Offer. It’s a hoax!

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 March 8, 2018

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A message about a Jio Prime offer is circulating among WhatsApp users. Do not fall for it because it’s a hoax. Last evening, I received this message from one of my contacts. Looks like a genuine message, doesn’t it? But, it is nothing but a hoax. How do we know?...

Scam Alert! Beware of online surveys promising free iPhone X

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 January 16, 2018

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Ever came across an online survey that promised you a handsome prize? I did. And here’s what happened. While I was going about my daily work on the Internet, I came across the below page.   As you can see, I received a congratulatory message for being a loyal Google...

Beware of fake social media messages that talk about SMS-based Aadhaar-LIC linking

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 December 4, 2017

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You might be aware that LIC policyholders must now link their Aadhaar and PAN to their policies according to a directive issued by the Government of India. The deadline for the Aadhaar-LIC linking is December 31, 2017. And unsurprisingly, fraudsters have started misusing this news to their advantage. How? Read...

Beware of the WhatsApp spam message that begins with ‘Have you seen this?’

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 October 23, 2017

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A few days back I received a message from one of my contacts on WhatsApp. The message read, “OMG!! Have you seen this? link” As you may have noticed, the message does not say much but has a link bearing the name of a popular online store. I didn’t click...

Pharming – What is it and How Can you Dodge it?

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 May 17, 2017

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If someday you intend to go to a mall but end up in a fish market, then that’s a case of bad directional sense. In the digital world, however, we call it pharming! How Does Pharming Work? Phishing is an online fraud where a scammer sends fraudulent emails to the...

Got a WhatsApp video calling invite link? Beware it’s probably a spam!

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 November 17, 2016

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Earlier this week, WhatsApp launched its video calling feature and the update is being rolled out to Android, Windows and iPhone users over the next few days. This update will allow users to make video calls to their contacts much similar to Skype and FaceTime. Shortly after the news of...

It’s Social Media Day! Here are 10 Tips for Safe Social Networking

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 June 30, 2016

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Social Media day was launched by the popular website Mashable back in 2010 on June 30th. For obvious reasons, this day recognizes the impact social media has had and is having on global communication and the Internet community as a whole. And we thought what could be better to celebrate...