Alert Kolkata cop prevents fraud over WhatsApp via Twitter advice | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: A real-time alert by Kolkata Police prevented a vishing fraud when it advised a Twitter user not to respond to a WhatsApp voice call informing him that he had won a lottery from a game show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan.
The user — Ismail Khan — reached out to social media handles of the police, suspecting a fraud at 8.10pm on Wednesday.

“I got a WhatsApp call from 991997**** stating they are calling from the show and I have won a lottery of 25 lakh. They asked for account no which I gave. Now they are asking for a photo of my debit card rear side. Seems as fraudulent,” Khan wrote, tagging both the detective department and joint CP (crime) Murlidhar Sharma in it.
“Yes, it’s fraud,” Sharma wrote back almost immediately. His prompt reply ensured that Khan did not share the details sought from him. In less than an hour, another reply followed from the joint CP’s (crime) official Twitter handle.
“Please refrain from sharing such details with unknown person over phone and report all such incidents to the anti-bank fraud helpline, 8585063104,” it stated.
The detective department stated that the modus operandi was a simple one, in which fraudsters have used several online methods even in the past by tempting the potential victim with cash rewards. Once the caller is hooked, the fraudsters seek a processing fee. Once the victim takes the bait and complies, the caller cuts off all communication.
“The way such calls are being made to unsuspecting people and WhatsApp — that has end-to-end encryption — being used as a mode, it is not easy to unmask such fraudsters. The game show runs a ticker and repeatedly warns viewers not to engage in such malicious calls,” an officer said.

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