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Beware of fake lottery and competition ‘wins’ on social networking platforms

Cyber fraud has become one of the biggest platforms to extract money illegally. Starting with text messages and phone calls, scammers now use social media applications like Instagram and Facebook for frauds.

A similar case happened in Nai Basti area of Jammu where a man was messaged on messenger about a 25 lakh lottery. Falling in the trap, he sent his identity details but however saved himself by refusing to send the bank details.

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“I received a message on Facebook messenger about a 25 lakh lottery. I didn’t know about frauds so gave my number and asked them to call me. I spoke to them and they asked me to send details on whatsapp. I sent my Aadhar card details. But I was lucky enough not to send my bank details. Till now, no money has been deducted from my bank account and I hope nothing such happens with me or anyone.” He said.

Rs. 131.2 million is the number of cyber crime victims in India in 2019, compared with 350 million worldwide. Rs. 1.24 trillion is the amount lost in India in the past 12 months due to cyber crime. 81% Indians are alarmed about their privacy, the highest in 10 countries, with the global average being 67%.

No well wishers are found on social media to help you with lakhs and crores of rupees. It is advised not to share bank details with anyone. Instead of finding shortcuts to become rich, select the long and positive route for it. Beware of cyber crime, protect your hard earned money.

Muskan Langoo, News Producer, JK Media

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