Bhubaneswar: Alertness and curiosity helped a city-based man save himself from being duped by online fraudsters recently. The person identified as Trinath Maharana spotted an online advertisement on social media which offered a lucrative meal at a family restaurant here.
Through the ad, the cheats offered two ‘thalis’ (assortment of regional dishes on a single platter) at the cost of one at the reputed restaurant in the city. The advertisement had a hyperlink associated to it.
After clicking on the hyerlink, Maharana reportedly entered personal details and paid Rs 10 towards membership fee. Soon after this he received a call on his mobile phone. The caller asked Maharana to create a profile by downloading an App.
He followed the instructions and registered in the App. However, minutes later the man received an SMS alert for a purchase of Rs 9,999 from his credit card. Maharana realised that this had something to do with the recent development and immediately called the bank to block his credit card.
According to information the Commissionerate of Police have taken cognisance of this matter.
Speaking to OMMCOM NEWS on this matter, Cyber Security Expert Lingaraj Sethi said that people should be very alert while interacting with online advertisements. “In such cases it is very important to verify the OTP (one-time password), its origin and validity while making online payments.”
“Cybercrime is emerging as a very concrete threat, and in this case we assume it has been orchestrated from outside Odisha. Besides, a couple of other hotels and food joints are also affected by such cases in the State,” added Sethi.