LUCKNOW: Taking a cue from popular web series ‘Jamtara’, cyber conmen are now resorting to dupe innocents by pretending to be defence personnel or from paramilitary forces.
Recently, a retired bank manager Krishnanand Gupta, who had given an ad seeking tenants for his house, was duped of Rs 1.24 lakh by a miscreant posing as army captain last week. In another case, a businessman in PGI locality was duped of Rs 15,000 by a man posing as army officer on Sunday. The businessman had also given an ad for selling his double bed.
At least seven cases have been reported from the city in the last 20 days where Lucknowites were duped by miscreants posing as armymen or from the paramilitary forces. Not just the Lucknow police but the cyber cell is also getting one such complaint daily.
SP, cyber cell, Triveni Singh said that fraudsters scan advertisements and zero in on their targets and then they gain the people’s confidence by introducing themselves as army personnel. “People usually trust a man who introduces himself as an armyman or from paramilitary forces. To appear genuine, the miscreants give a fake badge number, battalion’s name, place of posting, photo in army uniform and identity card,” Singh said and added that scammers target those who float advertisements of second-hand bikes, cars, gadgets and things of daily usage on social media and sale and purchase websites.
Singh further added that while taking payment they dupe through Quick Response (QR) codes which redirect victims to malicious sites that steal login and financial information. Singh said that people should not share their confidential details with such callers and refrain from clicking suspicious links.





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