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How Using Spoof Applications Cyber Criminals Are Stealing Your Money

GURUGRAM: Using call spoofing software, cybercriminals posing as bank executives have cheated at least 200 people throughout Haryana in the last two months. They were targeted on the pretext of enhancing their credit card limits, according to police.

Such cases have been reported in Gurugram, Faridabad, Palwal, Nuh, Rewari, Hisar, Jind, Rohtak, and Sonipat, according to the police.

Over 400 complaints are still being investigated. All of the districts’ cyber crime police stations have written to banks and application developers to ensure safe and secure transactions, but the procedure is taking time, according to officials.

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Victims believed the attackers because they used spoofing software to make it appear as if they were contacting banks’ legitimate customer service numbers, according to Commissioner of Police KK Rao.

“People gave the offenders their credit card numbers and one-time passwords (OTPs), who then transferred money from the victims’ bank accounts to their own and withdrew it from various locations to avoid being identified. The procedure of gathering the criminals’ IP addresses and mobile locations is taking too long, and some cases are being postponed as a result,” Rao said.

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“The suspects are duping people by acting as bank officials, telecom executives, and insurance agents using spoof programmes like X-lite, Eyebeam, and Indicall,” Rao added.

Over 55 members of at least six distinct gangs from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Telangana, Delhi, and Nuh have been arrested by the Gurugram Police in the previous two months in connection with similar incidents.

During questioning, most suspects admitted to utilising various methods to deceive individuals, including spoof apps and emails, according to police. They frequently utilise smartphone apps to create counterfeit emails that appear to be sent by telecom companies, banks, or social media sites. When a person clicks on a link in an email, they become vulnerable to fraud.

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In several cases, perpetrators also used the names of well-known placement companies and matrimony sites to dupe unsuspecting victims.

“We received over 200 complaints where victims said they were duped on the pretext of jobs, loans and dating offers via emails. We tracked the emails and found that all the companies in question had no information about such emails being sent out. A thorough check revealed that the fraudulent emails were being sent with the help of spoofing apps,” said Narender Kadiyan, Faridabad deputy commissioner of police (crime).

Police said it is convenient for perpetrators anywhere to send an email to anyone from any ID.

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