Nagaland Police has urged citizens to be alert about the various cyber frauds and crime prevalent in the state and have advised to remain vigilant and careful at all times.
The Superintendent of Police (Crime) and PRO of Nagaland police headquarters, through a press release on Thursday, stated that one recent fraud experienced in the country and now in Nagaland is "phishing calls from scammers" posing as customer care executives from Vodafone/Airtel/Jio and offering assistance for upgrading 4G SIMs to 5G to unsuspecting customers.
The fraudsters send links in the name of 5G of telecom companies and if you open the link, there is a risk of hacking the phone. They ask for sharing personal/banking information/OTPs, said the police statement.
According to the Nagaland police statement, another common fraud and still frequently used by criminals are hacking of personal accounts of popular social media apps like Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp, and use of the hacked accounts for fraudulent purposes like asking money/soliciting investments/bitcoins from their contact lists and siphoning money from accounts of unsuspecting victims.
"Also similar to this is the 'boss/friend impersonation scam.’ where fraudsters steal identity and photos of the victims available on the internet and access the victims’ friends from websites/contact list and send them messages asking for help in the form of money transfer, merchant cards, e-wallets etc," it added.
The public have been again requested to remain cautious and vigilant and not be duped by such scams. The fraudsters are experienced scammers and take extra efforts to appear genuine and operate through multiple identities, accounts, phone numbers etc, the police added.