NEW DELHI: An officer of the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) posted in Jammu and Kashmir has claimed that an unknown cyber criminal is misusing his mobile phone number to con his colleagues and friends.
IAS Officer Shahid Choudhary has informed the local police after raising the alarm about the cyber attack on Twitter and demanded strict action against the culprit.
According to reports, the thug was using Choudhary’s mobile number 8105819214 and his picture to send messages to his colleagues and friends seeking financial help.
Taking note of the instance, a senior police officer of Jammu and Kashmir tweeted: “General public is advised to remain cautious and follow precautionary measures to deal with fraudsters using fake WhatsApp display picture to impersonate as high-profile government officers or dignitaries.”
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The police also shared an advisory on the fake WhatsApp profile picture scam issued by the Cyber Police Kashmir as it urged people not to reply to messages received from unknown numbers.
The police also asked people not to transfer money or purchase online gift vouchers, share banking details and, install any remote access app or click on any suspicious link.
According to reports, the 2009-batch IAS officer Choudhary is Secretary in the Tribal Affairs Department and Chief Executive Officer of the Mission Youth Jammu and Kashmir.
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Most notably, he won the prime minister’s award for excellence in public administration in 2015. Cyber criminals have recently used a photo of the Chandigarh Police chief to seek “Amazon gift cards” from his friends, while thugs of the online world have also targeted some senior officials of the Jammu and Kashmir administration for fraudulently retrieving money from their bank accounts, according to reports.
- Never pay money online if someone is requesting for urgent monetary help. It can be a fraud.
- Double check with the person if he is actually in distress and requires any assistance.
- Chatting with person is not good enough as authentication as chances are high that the account is hacked or spoofed.
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